Monthly Archives: March 2016

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Sitting at a desk reading and taking notes on a quiet morning, looking out at a gravel road. The sky is gray but not dark, and the air is mild. The refrigerator hums and there is alternative radio.

It is the same as it ever was.

I thought that when I became a professor there would be many mornings like this, the kind of morning I associate with school.

Axé.

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Cornejo II

Es evidente que categorías como mestizaje e hibridez toman pie en disciplinas ajenas al análisis cultural y literario, básicamente en la biología, con el agravante —en el caso del mestizaje— que se trata de un concepto ideologizado en extremo. En lo que toca a hibridez la asociación casi espontánea tiene que ver con la esterilidad de los productos híbridos, objeción tantas veces repetida que hoy día García Canclini tiene una impresionante lista de productos híbridos y fecundos … De cualquier manera esa asociación no es fácil de destruir. De hecho, en el diccionario Velázquez inglés-español la palabra híbrido suscita de inmediato una acepción algo brutal: “mula”. Por supuesto que reconozco que el empleo de estos préstamos semánticos tiene riesgos inevitables; al mismo tiempo considero que detrás de ellos como que se desplaza una densa capa de significación que engloba y justifica cada concepción de las cosas. Incluso estaría tentando de afirmar que una lectura de ese sustrato de significado es más productiva que la simple declaración de amenidad e impertinencia de las categorías empleadas para esclarecer un punto concreto.

Here is Cornejo I.

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My afternoons at Angola

I thought of writing another poem about Angola, to see whether it turned out to be poetic or imitation poetic, but decided I should start a series of posts about my visits to the place.

I am reading Wilbert Rideau’s memoir. When Rideau he was still at Angola, and was editor of the magazine, he was the prisoner who had the most, and most varied contact with the outside world. He had not always been like that.

I started visiting Angola because I got involved in a campaign to free Hayes Williams, long before the the Innocence Project came in on his case. Williams was the complainant in Williams vs. McKeithen, filed in 1971 and won in 1975.

The suit meant massive improvements in Louisiana prison conditions. People still file for remedy under it, and I should follow this more closely. These experiences, in any case, were what got me interested in the law.

The prisoners fill out forms, and they write poems, letters, plays, and legal documents.

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Cornejo I

This now famous note was originally commissioned by me, and stolen by two different people, so we will study it now, piece by piece.

No hace mucho Fernández Retamar alertó contra los peligros implícitos en la
utilización de categorías provenientes de otros ámbitos a los campos culturales y literarios. El préstamo metafórico y/o metonímico puede conducir a confusiones sin cuento. Por mi parte recuerdo que un sector nada desdeñable de las rigideces estéticas del marxismo provino de la lectura denotativa de lo que en realidad eran metáforas extraídas de la ciencia del XIX: un ejemplo basta, el concepto de “reflejo”.

Assignment: study the concept of “reflejo.”

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No legacy || Electronic literature

We will go here. Not to the opening, of course, but to the exhibit, during the summer … and there is much that can be streamed (if you can tolerate one more moment on screen, that is).

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El nuevo sujeto del discurso poscolonial

A book we have to get.

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March on

I have discerned that another tool of the right wing and the patriarchy is to say you are either “unrealistic” or “codependent” if you are working for change. That goes for politics, but also for work … and I do suppose that work, my work, is politics.

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The person from whose post I am quoting is more naive than I and has more extreme reactions, but also has a stronger ego and a better analysis of situations.

She says:

1. I thought that I must be managing my time poorly, and working inefficiently.

2. Anyone who thinks you can deal with overwork by saying no has never been over-worked. I tried refusing to chair a committee. My head of department breezily assured me that he was not asking, he was telling me what I was contractually obliged to do.

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