I am against teaching to the test but if you are required to do so, you need some very good tests. This post and thread have a few ideas for oral exams, at all levels, and is worth reading.
I would love to give a class on representations of the city, we could have Upton Sinclair, Faulkner on New Orleans and Dos Passos on New York; and DeLillo, Bolaño, and 62, modelo para armar. And this:
El vaporino, cerca ya de su destino, permitió a Karpus darse cuenta, desde la borda, de lo que era San Michele: una isla que estaba ocupada, en toda su extensión, por los muertos de todos los tiempos de Venecia; un inmenso cementerio coronado en un extremo por una iglesia a cuyos pies se hallaba el puente del desembarcadero. Mientras bordeaban, contemplaba en silencio la inmensidad de cruces blancas que, desfilando frente a sus ojos, se erguían firmes e inamovibles de cara a un cielo que, no compartiendo una extraña impresión que él había tenido siempre, era forzosamente para todos.
I want this UC Berkeley dissertation:
|2010||Daly, Tara||Restless Bodies, Unquiet Minds: Poetry, Performance, and Power in the Andean Avant-Gardes.||Tarica|
I want to browse the paperback writer Diego Moreno, just because he has a title, El camino a Cucamonga.
I want Mabel’s 2013 book Arguedas/Vargas Llosa.
I want the facsimile edition of Irradiador, Revista de Vanguardia. Presentation by Evodio Escalante and Serge Fauchereau. Espejos de la Memoria. México, UAM-Itzapalapa, 2012.
I would like to have a good library, and some good bookstores, as I would truly use them. I would have fewer books around the house and office that I do not use but might, and fewer pieces of paper reminding me of books I should track down with some difficulty or buy at some expense.
Here are some keywords, randomly: Marie Vieux-Chauvet, Haiti, Jacques Stephen Alexis, Madison Smartt Bell, Toussaint L’ouverture, Red and Black in Haiti; Isak Dinesen and life as performance; James Neugass’ War is Beautiful: An American Ambulance Driver in the Spanish Civil War.
We have Hobsbawm, Nations and Nationalism since 1780, and we have Inga Clendinnen, and many of the things I wanted at one time, I no longer do.
I will recycle my xerox copy of Hobsbawm because the book is available, but I note that in chapter 1, on page 14, it says that only in the 1884 DRAE are state, nation, and language associated with one another as now, and on page 15, that only then is the concept of government linked specifically with the concept of nation. Only then does the idea of tierra become attached to a state, “and not until 1925 do we hear the emotional note of modern patriotism. . . .”
And Castile is one of the earliest European kingdoms one can call a nation-state. I will finish rereading this chapter before recycling it, in fact. And it is a Google Book, and it is just so instructive; no wonder I assigned it to the students.
Here is an article to read, and I need to read Brunner, have done for years.
And I can see the Mexican courses I would like to teach: one on estridentismo and other vanguardias, using Tatiana Flores’ book and others, and one on Paco Ignacio Taibo II.
(You can see that I have finally become a professor, or that I have finally committed to it, or something along those lines.)