Fall book roundup
We are delighted to report that Mabel Moraña, William H. Gass Professor in Arts and Sciences, has won the Katherine Singer Kovacs Prize from the Modern Language Association of America. The prize, which will be awarded at the MLA’s annual convention in January, recognizes Prof. Moraña’s book, Arguedas/Vargas Llosa: Dilemas y ensamblajes, published by Iberoamericana/Vervuert. This is the first time that the Kovacs prize has gone to a book written in Spanish.
It’s been a busy publishing year for Prof. Moraña, who has also seen the following volumes come into print: Bourdieu en la periferia. Capitál simbolico y campo cultural en América Latina and Inscripciones criticas. Ensayos de teoría cultura, both published by Cuarto Propio; Para una critica de la modernidad capitalista. Dominación y resistencia en Bolivar Echeverría, which she edited; and Heridas abiertas: Biopolítica y cultura en América Latina, which she co-edited with Ignacio Sánchez Prado, associate professor of Spanish and Latin American Studies.
Several other volumes have appeared over the last months, thanks to our gifted and busy faculty. Stanford University Press has published Jewish Spain: A Mediterranean Memory by Tabea Linhard, associate professor of Spanish. The book explores the notion of Jewish Spain from a number of perspectives and through a variety of media. Anyone interested in Spain and its complex religious history will want to read this book. Speaking of religion, Stephanie Kirk has co-edited, with Sarah Rivett of Princeton, the proceedings of the mega-conference (three different venues!) the two organized a few years ago. The volume, Religious Transformations in the Early Modern Americas (University of Pennsylvania Press), focuses on the impact of Spanish Catholicism and English Protestantism in the Americas, and the impact of the Americas on those two religions. Bridging the traditional divide between North and South America, the collection offers erudite reading to early modernists everywhere.
Meanwhile, the above-mentioned Ignacio Sánchez Prado has a new monograph, Screening Neoliberalism: Mexican Cinema 1988-2012, with Vanderbilt University Press. The product of countless hours of movie-watching, this book traces the changes in the Mexican film industry over the past two and a half decades. Many of us have heard presentations from Nacho about this project, most recently at the University’s Faculty Book Celebration, organized by the Center for the Humanities. Film buffs and Latin Americanists alike will want to add this book to their shelves, as it offers a thoughtful and thorough consideration of the role of movies in the life of today’s Mexico.
Last but not least, Billy Acree, assistant professor of Spanish, has edited and penned an introduction to John Chasteen’s translation of The Gaucho Juan Moreira: True Crime in Nineteenth-Century Latin America (Hackett Classics). This novel by Eduardo Gutiérrez is based on the prison records of the real Juan Moreira, and it appears in English for the first time.
More books are on the way! We’ll keep you posted as they arrive.
Bulletin Marcel Proust
Since 1950, the Bulletin Marcel Proust has been the yearly publication of the Société des Amis de Marcel Proust et des Amis de Combray, a French organization devoted to the study of Marcel Proust and his works. It contains letters, documents, articles, book reviews, and a bibliography.
Revista de Estudios Hispánicos
The department is the home to the Revista de Estudios Hispánicos, an internationally recognized, peer-reviewed journal that publishes original manuscripts in all areas of Hispanic literatures, cultures, and film, including essays on theoretical and interdisciplinary topics. The Revista de Estudios Hispánicos has received a grade of A+ from the Australian Research Council ranking of research journals.
According to the ERA 2010 Ranked Journal List definition, an A+ journal would typically be one of the best in its field or subfield in which to publish and would typically cover the entire field/subfield. Virtually all papers they publish will be of a very high quality. These are journals where most of the work is important (it will really shape the field) and where researchers boast about getting accepted. Acceptance rates would typically be low and the editorial board would be dominated by field leaders, including many from top institutions.