School of American and Global Studies Faculty Books with a Focus on Modern Languages and Global Studies
InterAmerican Perspectives in the 21st Century: Festschrift in Honor of Josef Raab (Inter-American Studies)
Olaf Kaltmeier, Wilfried Raussert, and Luz Angélica Kirschner
Luz Angélica Kirschner is a contributing author, “Cecilia Absatz’s Los años pares or the Challenges of Reevaluating Autochthonous Latinamericanism.”
Publisher's book summary: This collection of scholarly essays presents recent lines of research and results in the field of hemispheric InterAmerican Studies. The book also opens new perspectives for future research. The collection of essays is interdisciplinary and brings together historical, film, literary and cultural studies approaches to the Americas. Renowned scholars and young researchers make this book a cross-disciplinary anthology highly suitable for scholars and students.
Human Rights in the Americas
Luz Angélica Kirschner, Maria Herrera-Sobek, and Francisco A. Lomelí
Luz Angélica Kirschner is co-editor, co-author, and contributing author.
This interdisciplinary book explores human rights in the Americas from multiple perspectives and fields. Taking 1492 as a point of departure, the text explores Eurocentric historiographies of human rights and offer a more complete understanding of the genealogy of the human rights discourse and its many manifestations in the Americas.
The essays use a variety of approaches to reveal the larger contexts from which they emerge, providing a cross-sectional view of subjects, countries, methodologies and foci explicitly dedicated toward understanding historical factors and circumstances that have shaped human rights nationally and internationally within the Americas. The chapters explore diverse cultural, philosophical, political and literary expressions where human rights discourses circulate across the continent taking into consideration issues such as race, class, gender, genealogy and nationality. While acknowledging the ongoing centrality of the nation, the volume promotes a shift in the study of the Americas as a dynamic transnational space of conflict, domination, resistance, negotiation, complicity, accommodation, dialogue, and solidarity where individuals, nations, peoples, institutions, and intellectual and political movements share struggles, experiences, and imaginaries.
It will be of interest to all scholars and students of InterAmerican studies and those from all disciplines interested in Human Rights.
The Routledge Handbook to the Culture and Media of the Americas
Luz Angélica Kirschner, Miriam Brandel, Wilfried Raussert, Giselle Liza Anatol, Sebastian Thies, Sarah Corona Berkin, and José Carlos Lozano
Luz Angélica Kirschner and Miriam Brandel are contributing co-authors, "Migrant Literature” pages 147-155.
Exploring the culture and media of the Americas, this handbook places particular emphasis on collective and intertwined experiences and focuses on the transnational or hemispheric dimensions of cultural flows and geocultural imaginaries that shape the literature, arts, media and other cultural expressions in the Americas.
The Routledge Handbook to the Culture and Media of the Americas charts the pervasive, asymmetrical flows of cultural products and capital and their importance in the development of the Americas. The volume offers a comprehensive understanding of how inter-American communication is constituted, framed and structured, and covers the artistic and political dimensions that have shaped literature, art and popular culture in the region. Forty-six chapters cover a range of inter-American key concepts and dynamics, divided into two parts:
- Literature and Music deals with inter-American entanglements of artistic expressions in the Western Hemisphere, including music, dance, literary genres and developments.
- Media and Visual Cultures explores the inter-American dimension of media production in the hemisphere, including cinema and television, photography and art, journalism, radio, digital culture and issues such as freedom of expression and intellectual property.
This multidisciplinary approach will be of interest to a broad array of academic scholars and students in history, sociology, political science; and cultural, postcolonial, gender, literary, globalization and media studies.
The Routledge Research Companion to Popular Romance Fiction
Maria T. Ramos-Garcia
Love, Language, Place, and Identity in Popular Culture : Romancing the Other
Maria T. Ramos-Garcia and Laura Vivanco
Love, Language, Place, and Identity in Popular Culture: Romancing the Other explores the varied representations of Otherness in romance novels and other fiction with strong romantic plots. Contributors’ approaches range from sociolinguistics to cultural studies, and the texts analyzed are set on four continents, with particular emphasis on Caribbean and Atlantic islands. What all the essays have in common is the exploration of representations of the Other, be it in an inter-racial or inter-cultural relationship. Chapters are divided into two parts; the first examines place, travel, history, and language in 20th-century texts; while the second explores tensions and transformations in the depiction of Otherness, mainly in texts published in the early 21st century. This book reveals that even at the end of the 20th century, these texts display neocolonialist attitudes towards the Other. While more recent texts show noticeable changes in attitudes, these changes can often fall short, as stereotypes and prejudices are often still present, just below the surface, in popular novels. The understudied field of popular romance, in which the Other is frequently present as a love interest, proves to be a fruitful area in which to explore the potential and the realities of the treatment of Otherness in popular culture. Scholars of literature, communication, romance, and rhetoric will find this book particularly useful.
Representations of Otherness in Paranormal Romance: Race and Wealth in Nalini SIngh and J.R. Ward
María T. Ramos-García draws attention to the dual and often contradictory dimensions of racial and ethnic diversity in paranormal romance: the "real" one based on the race of the characters, and the metaphorical one based on the supernatural species represented and their dynamics. In this context, she analyzes J. R. Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood series and concludes that Ward’s texts offer a disturbing social and racial subtext of separation and prejudice, while Nalini Singh’s Psy-Changeling series appears to offer a utopian near-future alternative-reality world in which physical differences in skin color, facial features and origin have lost all meaning, however this happens at the expense of cultural diversity. Furthermore, drawing on Amira Jarmakani’s observations on the sheikh novel after 9/11, Ramos-García demonstrates how in Singh’s work humanistic liberalism is conflated with neoliberal economic values. (7)
The Routledge Handbook to the History and Society of the Americas
Olaf Kaltmeier, Josef Raab, Michael Stewart Foley, Alice Nash, Mario Rufer, and Luz Angélica Kirschner
Luz Angélica Kirschner is contributing author, "Latinidad" pages 336-346.
Book Description: The colonial heritage and its renewed aftermaths – expressed in the inter-American experiences of slavery, indigeneity, dependence, and freedom movements, to mention only a few aspects – form a common ground of experience in the Western Hemisphere. The flow of peoples, goods, knowledge and finances have promoted interdependence and integration that cut across borders and link the countries of North and South America together. The nature of this transversally related and multiply interconnected region can only be captured through a transnational, multidisciplinary, and comprehensive approach. The Routledge Handbook to the History and Society of the Americas explores the history and society of the Americas, placing particular emphasis on collective and intertwined experiences. Forty-four chapters cover a range of concepts and dynamics in the Americas from the colonial period until the present century: The shared histories and dynamics of Inter-American relationships are considered through pre-Hispanic empires, colonization, European hegemony, migration, multiculturalism, and political and economic interdependences. Key concepts are selected and explored from different geopolitical, disciplinary, and epistemological perspectives. Highlighting the contested character of key concepts that are usually defined in strict disciplinary terms, the Handbook provides the basis for a better and deeper understanding of inter-American entanglements. This multidisciplinary approach will be of interest to a broad array of academic scholars and students in history, sociology, political science cultural, postcolonial, gender, literary, and globalization studies.
The Cambridge History of Latina/o American Literature
John Morán Gonázalez, Laura Lomas, and Luz Angélica Kirschner
Luz Angélica Kirschner is a contributing author, “Brazuca Literature: Old and New Currents, Countercurrents, and Undercurrents.” from Part IV - Literary Migrations across the Americas, 1980–2017. pp 602-620
Book Description: The Cambridge History of Latina/o American Literature emphasizes the importance of understanding Latina/o literature not simply as a US ethnic phenomenon but more broadly as an important element of a trans-American literary imagination. Engaging with the dynamics of migration, linguistic and cultural translation, and the uneven distribution of resources across the Americas that characterize Latina/o literature, the essays in this History provide a critical overview of key texts, authors, themes, and contexts as discussed by leading scholars in the field. This book demonstrates the relevance of Latina/o literature for a world defined by the migration of people, commodities, and cultural expressions.
The Routledge Companion to Inter-American Studies
Wilfried Raussert and Luz Angélica Kirschner
Luz Angélica Kirschner is a contributing author, “Expanding Latinidad: A Hemispheric Perspective.”
Book description: An essential overview of this blossoming field, The Routledge Companion to Inter-American Studies is the first collection to draw together the diverse approaches and perspectives on the field, highlighting the importance of Inter-American Studies as it is practiced today. Including contributions from canonical figures in the field as well as a younger generation of scholars, reflecting the foundation and emergence of the field and establishing links between older and newer methodologies, this Companion covers:
- Theoretical reflections
- Colonial and historical perspectives
- Cultural and political intersections
- Border discourses
- Sites and mobilities
- Literary and linguistic perspectives
- Area studies, global studies, and postnational studies
- Phenomena of transfer, interconnectedness, power asymmetry, and transversality within the Americas.
Approaches to Teaching Sand’s Indiana
Molly Krueger Enz
Molly Krueger Enz is a contributing author, "Subversion of a Stereotype: The Tragic Mulatta in Sand’s Indiana"
Book description: Indiana, George Sand’s first solo novel, opens with the eponymous heroine brooding and bored in her husband’s French countryside estate, far from her native Île Bourbon (now Réunion). Written in 1832, the novel appeared during a period of French history marked by revolution and regime change, civil unrest and labor concerns, and slave revolts and the abolitionist movement, when women faced rigid social constraints and had limited rights within the institution of marriage. With this politically charged history serving as a backdrop for the novel, Sand brings together Romanticism, realism, and the idealism that would characterize her work, presenting what was deemed by her contemporaries a faithful and candid representation of nineteenth-century France. This volume gathers pedagogical essays that will enhance the teaching of Indiana and contribute to students’ understanding and appreciation of the novel. The first part gives an overview of editions and translations of the novel and recommends useful background readings. Contributors to the second part present various approaches to the novel, focusing on four themes: modes of literary narration, gender and feminism, slavery and colonialism, and historical and political upheaval. Each essay offers a fresh perspective on Indiana, suited not only to courses on French Romanticism and realism but also to interdisciplinary discussions of French colonial history or law.
The Routledge Companion to Literature and Human Rights
Sophia A. McClennen, Alexandra Schultheis Moore, and Luz Angélica Kirschner
Luz Angélica Kirschner is a contributing author, "Human Rights and Minority Rights: Argentine and German Perspectives.”
Book description: The Routledge Companion to Literature and Human Rights provides a comprehensive, transnational, and interdisciplinary map to this emerging field, offering a broad overview of human rights and literature while providing innovative readings on key topics. The first of its kind, this volume covers essential issues and themes, necessarily crossing disciplines between the social sciences and humanities.
Expanding Latinidad: An Inter-American Perspective (Inter-American Studies: Cultures-Societies-History
Luz Angélica Kirschner
Luz Angélica Kirschner is editor and a contributing author, “Expanding Latinidad: An Introduction” and “Samba Dreamers; or, The Tenuousness of a ‘Perfect Ending’.”
Book description: Latinas and Latinos/Hispanics constitute the largest and fastest-growing minority in the United States. Constructions of an illegal and disorderly latinidad are common in public discourse, but the difficulty in pigeonholing Latinos/Hispanics according to binary American racial categories and the allegedly low levels of race conflict in the otherwise politically and socioeconomically convoluted Latin American region have led some intellectuals to hail US latinidad as a revolutionary force that may change the way the United States talks and thinks about race. This volume engages with the idea of latinidad as a redemptive agent and proposes that liberatory latinidad, whether in the United States or Latin America, is not as inherently inclusive or democratic as some suggest. Deeply ingrained ideologies of race, religion, gender, sexuality, and limpieza de sangre (purity of blood) still linger and continue to have an impact on Latino/Hispanic as well as Latin American identities. Expanding Latinidad does not merely focus on the ambivalent impact of U.S. latinidad or Latin American mestizaje/mestiçagem on race and ethnic relations; it also addresses how south-to-north migration on the American continent has had positive effects on the way people perceive themselves in their new environment. This collection of essays illustrates how an expanded latinidad, a latinidad in the flesh, may hold great potential for reimagining the race and ethnic relations of the miscellaneous communities it embraces.
Nach Amerika nämlich! - Jüdische Migrationen in die Amerikas im 19. und 20. Jahrhundert. (“To America!” Jewish Migrations to the Americas in the 19th and 20th Centuries)
Ulla Kriebernegg, Gerald Lamprecht, Roberta Maierhofer, Andrea Strutz, and Luz Angélica Kirschner
Luz Angélica Kirschner is a contributing author, “Cecilia Absatz’s Los años pares or the Challenges of Reevaluating Autochthonous Latinamericanism.”
How make migrants their respective new social environment, and how changes the identity? Since their discovery in the late 15th century North and South America are real and imagined refuge and hope for people from all over the world. Especially as a universal historical phenomenon but migration is very closely linked to the Jewish history of the last centuries.
The contributions of the collection do not only ask the triggering factors for migrations and the gradients of the same, but also after arising from migration cultural exchange.
World Literature in Spanish: An Encyclopedia
Maureen Ihrie, Salvador A. Oropesa, and Luz Angélica Kirschner
Luz Angélica Kirschner is a contributing author “Latinos and Latinas in the United States: History, Culture and Literature,” 2: 551-54. “Puerto Rico: History, Culture and Literature,” 2: 811-14. “Puerto Rico: Generación del treinta (1930s Generation)," 2: 809-11. “Ilan Stavans,” 3: 936-37. “Tato Laviera,” 2: 557-58.
Book description: Containing roughly 850 entries about Spanish-language literature throughout the world, this expansive work provides coverage of the varied countries, ethnicities, time periods, literary movements, and genres of these writings.
Neo, post, hiper, trans, ¿fin? Lecturas recientes de literatura hispanoamericana
Espina Eduardo and Maria T. Ramos-Garcia
Maria T. Ramos-Garcia is a contributing author, “De Ardiente paciencia a Il Postino: Política, marketing y globalización.”
Latin American Women Writers: An Encyclopedia
Maria Claudia Andre, Eva Paulino Bueno, Luz Angélica Kirschner, and Maria T. Ramos-Garcia
- Luz Angélica Kirschner is a contributing author, “Elisa Lerner,” 273-75. “Angelina Muñiz-Huberman,” 355-57. “Reina Roffé,” 452-54.
- Maria Ramos-Garcia is a contributing author, "Juana Manuela Gorriti" and "Lola Larrosa."
Book description: Latin American Women Writers: An Encyclopedia presents the lives and critical works of over 170 women writers in Latin America between the sixteenth and twentieth centuries. This features thematic entries as well as biographies of female writers whose works were originally published in Spanish or Portuguese, and who have had an impact on literary, political, and social studies.
Morada de la palabra
William Mejias Lopez and Maria T. Ramos-Garcia
Maria T. Ramos-Garcia is a contributing author "De la economía doméstica a la economía nacional: Lola Larrosa."