A teaching post

I am ignoring this blog and should come back and clear it up and modernize and use it, or perhaps consolidate it elsewhere.

But here is a teaching post.

I have stopped giving the introduction to literature as I used to do, and the survey is not working as it used to do. I think I will use the survey to teach the technical things I used to teach in the introduction to literature.

There are all sorts of good reasons to do this given the current state of things, and I am happy with the idea.

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Files that are leaving me

Our library actually has a copy of Flores’ Aproximaciones … a Vallejo and it actually stays on the shelves, so I can actually afford to recycle my old xerox of this.

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La idea de América Latina

q. I am looking for new readings about the concept of Latin America. In the past I have used Mignolo’s The Idea of Latin America and Laurence Whitehead’s Latin America: A New Interpretation with good results, but I would just want to have a couple of articles or chapters so I do not have to spend so much time on the topic.

a. A solid historical analysis of the rise of the term and the concept: Michel Gobat, “The Invention of Latin America: A Transnational History of Anti-Imperialism, Democracy, and Race,” American Historical Review 118:5 (Dec. 2013), 1345-75

a. Nuestra América Latina: De la resistencia a independencia. Del Caribe al Río de La Plata. El populismo, la razón política latinoamericana. Gladis María Balbi, Alejandro Jorge Richardet. Editorial Académica Española, 2012. “En la gesta independentista iniciada en el Caribe y América del Sur en la primeras décadas del siglo XIX, los autores reivindican el doble proceso de independencia de los pueblos y de autoafirmación identitaria del nuevo sujeto político en construcción, surgido de la incorporación masiva de los gauchos, pueblos amerindios y afrodescendientes, junto a sus mujeres, a las luchas políticas y sociales, marcando una originalidad en los modos de organización e institucionalización, distintos de los modelos políticos de los centros europeos y más allá de los alcances de la revolución norteamericana (1776) y francesa (1792). Se destacan los olvidados y las negadas, desfilan hombres y mujeres de las etnias originarias en simultáneo con hombres y mujeres allende los mares, europeos/as de la ilustración. Las revoluciones realizan un recorrido ida y vuelta del Caribe al Río de La Plata, Haití, Venezuela y Los Pueblos Libres marcan el ingreso de “los de abajo”, en la historia, guiados/as por emblemáticos líderazgos De L´Ouverture a Moreno y Artigas, de Bartolina Sisa a Anita Garibaldi y Flora Tristán, muestran el populismo, como la expresión fundacional de la razón política latinoamericana.”

a. Arturo Ardao’s La idea y el nombre de América Latina is very comprehensive, but is not available in English, as far as I know.

a. Robert Patrick Newcomb has a kind of literature review on the concept of Latin America (Chevalier, Ardao, Martí, Mignolo, etc.) in a section of his book.

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Uses of prosody

This series of posts is very interesting for teaching — and more.

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“Quitting is the new tenure”

Someone said that.

I say that chairs should not have lecturers and secretaries do their work, and deans should not have professors do their work. The deans, lecturers and secretaries should also not undermine and obstruct the work of the professors, and the chairs should not permit this.

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Año nuevo


I visited the town I grew up in for the first time in many years and here is a shot from it. Look at the palm trees and the mountains.

This year I would like to clear up this blog, work on the other one and its links more regularly, and in general concentrate on my work and my self more regularly.

Here is to that, and to you.

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Dossier Benedict Anderson

I am working on a dossier.

Here is Nationalism and Revolution: on Benedict Anderson’s Imagined Communities.

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