Fields

What I said socially: “I am in Comparative Literature and Latin American Studies.”

I felt comfortable with this.

I sign “Spanish” sometimes and “Hispanic Studies” sometimes, because those are the words my institution uses. Of the two I much prefer Hispanic Studies, but I am comfortable with neither.

What is the difference? Well, visualize the courses.

I would never have majored in a national literature and I think the difference between people who do that and people who do something else is profound.

Even though Hispanic Studies is ultra-cool as a field, I still do not identify with the sentence, “I am a Hispanist.” But “I am in Comparative Literature” or “I am in Latin American Studies” feel true.

Axé.

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