Ignacio Infante’s book, After Translation: The Transfer and Circulation of Modern Poetics across the Atlantic, has appeared with Fordham University Press. The book examines how translation facilitates the circulation of modern poetry and poetics across the Atlantic. Studying the Portuguese Fernando Pessoa; the Chilean Vicente Huidobro; the Spaniard Federico García Lorca; the San Francisco-based poets Jack Spicer, Robert Duncan, and Robin Blaser; the Barbadian Kamau Brathwaite; and the Brazilian brothers Haroldo and Augusto de Campos, Infante rethinks the theoretical paradigm of Anglo-American "modernism" by focusing on the transnational, interlingual, and transhistorical features of the work of these key modern poets writing from both sides of the Atlantic. In its review, Choice magazine recommended the book, noting: “this partisan, polemical, and political study will surely occasion both praise and opprobrium for its spirited challenge to the divided status quo in translation, cultural, and transatlantic studies." Infante’s book was featured at Washington University’s eleventh annual “Celebrating Our Books, Recognizing Our Authors” event, held November 29, 2013 and sponsored by our Center for the Humanities.
Congratulations to Mabel Moraña, William H. Gass Professor in Arts and Sciences, on the publication of her seventh book, Arguedas/Vargas Llosa. Dilemas y ensamblajes (Iberoamerican/Vervuert). Moraña’s readings of these two important Peruvian authors situate their works in the contemporary debates about Latin American literary and cultural history by focusing on their notions of archaism and modernity, as well as their use of symbolic representation. She explicates as well their ideas about the role of the intellectual and the relationship between politics and culture.
Finally, Boccaccio: A Critical Guide to the Complete Works, has appeared with the University of Chicago Press. Co-edited by Michael Sherberg along with Victoria Kirkham (University of Pennsylvania) and Janet Smarr (University of California, San Diego), the book celebrates the 700th anniversary of Giovanni Boccaccio’s birth with a collection of twenty-nine essays devoted to his many works. The volume promises to be an essential resource for Boccaccio scholars and aficionados for years to come.