Imaginary Homelands Imaginary Homelands

The Art Gallery of York University (AGYU) and Black Dog Publishing recently published a bilingual catalogue (Spanish/English) of the exhibit Imaginary Homelands (2012). The catalogue includes an essay by Emelie Chhangur, curator of the exhibit, and nine interviews that professor Emiro Martínez-Osorio conducted with the group of Colombian artists who participated in the show. Two students from the Spanish Program, Luis Quesada and Ana Daniela Ponce Morales, assisted professor Martínez-Osorio with the copyediting of the Spanish texts included in the catalogue. Additional information about the exhibit or the catalogue is available online.

Additional New Publications

Men of the Indies  Professor Emiro Martínez-Osorio has published a book:
Authority, Piracy, and Captivity in Colonial Spanish American Writing: Juan de Castellanos's Elegies of Illustrious Men of the Indies

Authority, Piracy, and Captivity in Colonial Spanish American Writing examines the intricate bond between poetry and history writing that shaped the theory and practice of empire in early colonial Spanish-American society. The book explores from diverse perspectives how epic and heroic poetry served to construe a new Spanish-American elite of original explorers and conquistadors in Juan de Castellanos’s Elegies of Illustrious Men of the Indies. Similarly, this book offers an interpretation of Castellanos’s writings that shows his critical engagement with the reformist project postulated in Alonso de Ercilla’s LaAraucana, and it elucidates the complex poetic discourse Castellanos created to defend the interests of the early generation of explorers and conquistadors in the aftermath of the promulgation of the New Laws and the mounting criticism of the institution of the encomienda.

Trafficking and Cultural Production Professor Shanna Lino has recently published a special edition of the Revista Canadiense de Estudios Hispánicos on the topic of "Tráfico y producción cultural: trazas de una globalización fragmentada" ("Trafficking and Cultural Production: Traces of a Fragmented Globalization" Vol. 38.1).

This monographic issue, which Professor Lino co-edited with Dr. Luis Molina Lora (Ph.D. University of Ottawa), drew together eleven critical essays from scholars in Canada, the US, and Latin America and is the first of its kind to theorize the notion of trafficking in the Spanish-speaking world, including that of people, narcotics, literature, cultural heritage, and history.

Poesía y canto popular Poesía y canto popular: Su convergencia en el siglo XX. Uruguay, 1960-1985 [Poetry and Popular Song: Their Convergence in the Twentieth Century. The Case of Uruguay, 1960-1985] published "the work of Maria Figueredo on the resemantization of the poetic text when it is articulated with a musical structure, to integrate a new reality of language, that is, the song, is the first systematic investigation in this field. There existed periodic journalistic articles and reports on writers and musicians, as well as references inserted into various works of literary criticism, but never had a global and comprehensive work of this nature been undertaken on this fundamental aspect of contemporary culture" (Cosse, 9). The book studies the socio-cultural process of poetry that is set to music in relation to context of Latin America, with particular focus on the case study of Uruguay in response to particular socio-political challenges faced in the latter half of the twentieth century."