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Espectros de la ciencia. Fantasías científicas de la Argentina del siglo XIX

Sandra Gasparini.

Buenos Aires, Santiago Arcos. 2012.

En 1875 Eduardo L. Holmberg, reconocido ya por sus trabajos como naturalista, publica su primera novela Dos partidos en lucha y la subtitula “Fantasía científica”. A partir de este sintagma felizmente paradojal Sandra Gasparini realiza en Espectros de la Ciencia. Fantasías científicas de la Argentina del siglo XIX una doble y exitosa operación crítica: por un lado organiza una genealogía del género (con sus repertorios, sus préstamos, sus inventos, sus reglas y sus desvíos) y por otro lo define, lo crea como tal iluminando, precisamente, su momento de emergencia que es, también, su momento de breve y sostenida existencia.

La ciencia y sus espectros sugieren preguntas inquietantes sobre lo que se saben, sobre qué se hace con lo que se sabe, y sobre el carácter inestable de lo último que se sabe. La “fantasía científica” se hace cargo de estas preguntas postulando mundos extraterrestres, ficciones de autómatas, escenarios de vaudeville para las disputas científicas, misterios multivalentes.

Fuente: Contraportada libro.

The Merchant of Havana. The Jew in the Cuban Abolitionist Archive. Stephen Silverstein

Premio LAJSA 2017:

Stephen Silverstein, The Merchant of Havana: The Jew in the Cuban Abolitionist Archive (Vanderbilt University Press, 2016)

 

In The Merchant of Havana, Stephen Silverstein carries out a fascinating and original intersectional analysis that shows how anti-Semitic ideology and racist ideology came together in 19th century Cuba. Examining the economic and political transformation of the sugar industry, which had a huge impact on Cuban society and culture, he analyzes the phenomenon of anti-Semitism without Jews, taking as a case study a series of literary texts dealing with abolition that were composed by liberal Cuban authors. The “Merchant of Havana” is a Spanish slave-dealer, a reincarnation of Shylock, representing greed and evil, perceived as seeking to destroy the creole landed aristocracy in 19th century Cuba. Drawing on an interdisciplinary historical and literary perspective, Silverstein shows how the racial imbalance brought about by the increased importation of African slaves led to an uneasy sense of ambivalence about social categories as racial mixing took place. Just as lighter-skinned mulattos challenged the whiteness of creole society, Silverstein argues that Jews represented an “in-betweenness” that similarly blurred the old social boundaries of Cuban-ness and thereby proved threatening. He convincingly argues that white creoles used anti-Semitic stereotypes in order to define Cuban-ness and its boundaries. Focusing on a fresh reading of three classical works, Sab by Gertrudis de Avellaneda, La cuarterona by Alejandro Tapia y Rivera, and Cecilia Valdés, by Cirilo Villaverde, Silverstein makes an important contribution to studies on anti-Semitism as well as to Cuban and Latin American Studies. He draws on an impressive amount of literature, tracing the works that served as a source of inspiration to the Cuban texts in the abolition archives, and analyzing them in relation to theories of anti-Semitism and racism. Reading across and between ideologies and representations, he shows how Jews came to be vilified before becoming a presence in Cuban society in the twentieth century. We congratulate Stephen for pushing at the boundaries between literary analysis and historical analysis and Jewish Studies and critical race studies.

Journal of Iberian & Latin American Studies

The Journal of Iberian and Latin American Studies (JILAS), formerly Tessarae, has been continuously published since its founding 1995. During these twenty-two years, JILAS has published a host of ground-breaking articles in the most innovative areas of the field. From literary and cultural studies, to gender and film studies, including a wide range of works on both current and past Latin American and Iberian cultures and societies. The array of topics covered has been impressive. Professors Monserrat Lunati and Jordi Lario need to be credited for their professionalism and hard work which has made JILAS a crucial reference point in these areas of study for the Ibero-American world.

From January 2016, a new Editorial Team has been in place which is committed to focusing the scope of JILAS towards their own areas of expertise: historical and cultural studies with a sound historical grounding.

Fuente: página oficial http://explore.tandfonline.com/content/pgas/editors-choice-collection

Revista de Teoría de la Literatura y Literatura Comparada 452oF: Revista de Teoría de la Literatura y Literatura Comparada, cuyo monográfico versará sobre “El paradigma del archivo en la narrativa y la cultura visual contemporáneas”.

452oF: Revista de Teoría de la Literatura y Literatura Comparada, cuyo monográfico versará sobre “El paradigma del archivo en la narrativa y la cultura visual contemporáneas”. La revista, que cuenta ya con dieciséis números publicados, ha sido incluida en numerosos índices y una de sus señas de identidad es que todos los artículos publicados se traducen al español, inglés, catalán y euskera. Si aún no la conocen, les invitamos a consultar su último número en http://www.452f.com/.

La última guerra. Cultura visual de la guerra contra el Paraguay. Sebastian Díaz-Duhalde

La última guerra. Cultura visual de la guerra contra el Paraguay. Sebastian Díaz-Duhalde.

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