Monthly Archives: September 2013

Mexico’s Benjamin

Here we have an interesting blog and post. It is on Mexico’s Benjamin, and as we know I am trying to understand Benjamin more systematically and even to use texts of his in my history and culture classes that I did not understand, or did not think I understood, before.

#Occupy HE.

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Courses Spring 2013

I made decisions about two courses and now I am honing in on the third. I want, eventually, to drop the textbook but I will merely work toward that. Here is some boilerplate for the course description that I have lifted from someone else.

This course provides an introduction to Hispanic literature and to the analysis of cultural literary texts. In particular, it focuses on retooling something that you probably already take for granted: reading. During the semester, we will learn how to read both critically and creatively, analyzing the strategies that different authors use to express their ideas, create their literary and filmic worlds, and engage the reader.

The class will familiarize you with the basic tools for the analysis of film and three literary genres: narrative, poetry, and drama. We will question the limits of textual interpretation (is any interpretation of a text valid?) and work towards producing readings that are creative, insightful and grounded. The course will also focus, therefore, on techniques of analytical and argumentative writing in Spanish, and on the building of your textual interpretation in both oral and written form.

The analytical tools that you acquire in this course will prepare you for more advanced classes in literature and culture. They will also empower you to be more critical and creative thinkers across the board, whatever your major or interests.

Interestingly, this professor puts a blurb on herself right in the course description; it is an interesting idea. “Professor D is a specialist in 20th century Spanish literature, culture and film. She has published on Federico Garcia Lorca, gender politics in literature, and the politics of cultural memory in contemporary Spain.”

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“Precision interests me to the point of obsession”

Vallejo’s 1931 interview has been translated.

Part of Hart’s biography is visible as a Google Book.

I need an excuse to go to Paris.

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Sicumarka

Sundays, when it rains, music with charango and zampoña is my recommended afternoon sound. I do not know how I acquired the habit, why this in particular would make the world seem familiar again.

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Comentarios de la semana

Saturday: “Our university is an insular place, and it gets moreso each year.” (Tenured faculty, sciences)

Friday: “That place where we work has very little to do with anything academic.” (Instructor, humanities)

There also appears to be discrimination in the are of green cards: the University pays the cost for engineers, but not for others.

All of these things are important to keep in mind; it is they and not us who are not mainstream, not aware of national standards, and so on.

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Ay, que non era

What we sang in Elemental 1B, Liceo Serrano, Madrid.

¡Ay, que non era!
Mas ¡ay, que non hay!
¡ay, que non hay
quien de mi pena se duela!

Madre, la mi madre,
el mi lindo amigo,
moricos de allende
lo llevan cativo,
cadenas de oro,
candado morisco.

¡Ay, que non era!
Mas ¡ay, que non hay!
¡ay, que non hay
quien de mi pena se duela!

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Dentro en el vergel

Dentro en el vergel
moriré.
Dentro en el rosal
matarm’han.

Yo me iba, madre,
las rosas coger;
hallé mis amores
dentro en el vergel.

Dentro en el vergel
moriré.
Dentro en el rosal
matarm’han.

–A Pre-Columbian Spanish Song.

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