Neo-Realist Narratives in Menem’s Argentina by Andrés Aluma-Cazorla, University of Chicago.

The objective of this analysis pretends to highlight the alternatives used by writers and film producers in order to represent the poverty created by the neoliberal model and the images generated by the implementation of this economic system: The decay of the family, the disintegration of working class, and the cities seen as contaminated places of physical rubbish and human waste as the remains of the market. READ ARTICLE HERE

Babel: creación de una identidad globalizada. Imágenes de una realidad fragmentada dentro de las películas de Iñárritu by Cynthia Meléndrez, University of New Mexico.

Babel directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu, represents the de-construction of various discourses which together serve as the history of an isolated and modern community.This essay analyzes the sociological connection between Iñárritu’s films and other Mexican and Latin American cinema as they reveal the perspective of a globalized “social” reality. READ ARTICLE HERE

La Tierra Prometida de los Cortes publicitarios de Javier Moreno: salvación y reencantamiento de la imagen contemporánea by Marta del Pozo Ortea, University of Massachusetts at Amherst

This paper examines the Spanish writer and mathematician Javier Moreno’s book of poems Cortes Publicitarios (Commercial Cuts), 2006. By means of reinserting the mythical perspective into the discourse of global advertising practices, I discuss how these poems manage to mirror the veiled function of publicity itself: to sell us a dream of immortality READ ARTICLE HERE

Luis Cernuda en su exilio: Hacia una poética del periplo cernudiano by María Paz Moreno, University of Cincinnati.

 This article deals with the nomadic nature of Luis Cernuda’s life and writing, moving beyond the usual study of exile poetry to emphasize the distinction between exilio and nomadismo. Thus, the study focuses on Cernuda’s ambivalence towards his native Spain -which he left in 1938 to never return- as well as towards every other place where he lived throughout his life, be it England, the United States or Mexico.  READ ARTICLE HERE

Review: Working through Memory: Writing and Remembrance in Contemporary Spanish Narrative. Ofelia Ferrán. Lewisburg. Bucknell UP, 2007. 370 páginas. ISBN 0-8387-5658. by Alicia Mercado-Harvey, University of Florida.

El proceso de enfrentamiento con el pasado traumático parece ser particularmente urgente en sociedades que han sufrido una guerra civil o a una dictadura represiva. En torno a esta temática se enfoca el libro de Ofelia Ferrán, en el que propone trabajar la memoria en España a través de su literatura. READ ARTICLE HERE

CONFERENCE PROCEEDINGS.  Spring, 2011. University of Florida.


A presença ambígua da poesia no neo-realismo português. O exemplo de Álvaro Feijó by João Laranjeira Henriques, University of Lisbon.

The brief work of Álvaro Feijó, one of the movement’s early deceased poets, enables one to read the so-called neo-realist poetry far beyond all the theoretical orientations of that time on matters of artistic creation. READ ARTICLE HERE.

Building community: the historical novel role in the statement of Portugal as a nation by Fernando Magalhães, CIID/ESECS-IPL, Leiria.

In this article, I intend to explain the production of discourses about the Portuguese nation as an imagined community, through the historical novel, written in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, in vernacular language.  Authors such as Almeida Garrett [1799-1854] and Alexandre Herculano [1810-1877] are among the largest builders of the Portuguese national culture. READ ARTICLE HERE

Espacio e identidad en La Plaza del Diamante by María Pilar Geada, Florida Memorial University

This work analyzes the function related to the poetical space, as Gaston Bachelard’s theory, in the personal becoming of Natalia’s story. Merce Rodoreda’s novel La Plaza del Diamante, takes place in Barcelona during three different political scenarios: the end of the Second Republic, the Spanish Civil War and the Post-War period. READ ARTICLE HERE

Carmen: Gypsy Icon and Subject of Spectacle and Performance in Prosper Mérimée’s novella and Vicente Aranda’s film by Ana Palomar, University of California, Irvine.

This paper focuses on three specific aspects of Carmen in accordance with Prosper Mérimée’s novella, and the film Carmen, directed by Vicente Aranda, which include: notions of the oriental Spain, construction and deconstruction of the female myth (the gypsy icon), and the cultural ambiguity of race, gender, language, and sexuality. READ ARTICLE HERE

Nuevas narrativas en España by Ana Vidal, UNED.

New venues are created where creativity is expanding in all its aspects.  At the same time, the headwaters of the nation’s leading newspapers are betting on social networks (Facebook, blogs, virtual interviews) as a strategy for success. Interactivity plays a crucial role in the new narratives, what`s more, fosters creativity enabling anonymous people with different backgrounds participate actively in the creative process. READ ARTICLE HERE