5 Critical Books for Latin American Literature Studies

Despite Latin American literature being widely known as a rich literary canon—or perhaps because it is such a rich literary canon—there are still works and aspects of Latin American literature that remain under-explored. Here are five books that bring critical works of Latin American literature to English-language audiences for the first time; break new ground… Continue reading 5 Critical Books for Latin American Literature Studies

Cambria Press Publication Review: State Terrorism and the Politics of Memory in Latin America

Congratulations to Professor Gabriela Fried Amilivia on the outstanding review of her book, State Terrorism and the Politics of Memory in Latin America: Transmissions Across The Generations of Post-Dictatorship Uruguay, 1984–2004, in the Journal of Latin American Studies, which praises the book for being "an invaluable contribution." The review notes that: Gabriela Fried Amilivia’s accomplished work is… Continue reading Cambria Press Publication Review: State Terrorism and the Politics of Memory in Latin America

Black Hero Nat Turner, His Legacy, and the Memory of Slave History

More than two centuries ago, black hero Nat Turner was born on this day.  Yet, as Elisa Bordin and Anna Scacchi note in their groundbreaking new book, Transatlantic Memories of Slavery: Reimagining the Past, Changing the Future that "Unlike other black enslaved heroes and fighters against slavery, whose monuments can be found all over the other Americas, there is… Continue reading Black Hero Nat Turner, His Legacy, and the Memory of Slave History

Cambria Press Publication Review: Transforming the Enemy in Spanish Culture by Lauren Beck

Cambria Press congratulates Lauren Beck, on yet another outstanding review of her book, Transforming the Enemy in Spanish Culture: The Conquest through the Lens of Textual and Visual Multiplicity. The Bulletin of Hispanic Studies notes that "The case of Spanish culture is particularly interesting because the Spaniards have been active in the creation of stereotypes… Continue reading Cambria Press Publication Review: Transforming the Enemy in Spanish Culture by Lauren Beck

Cambria Press New Publication: New, Highly Accessible Book on Bilateral Aid to #LatinAmerica

Cambria Press New Publication Bilateral Aid to Latin America: Foreign Economic Assistance from Major Donor Nations Cambria Press announces the release of this comprehensive, detailed account of the bilateral economic assistance of six major donor nations—the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Spain, Japan, and China—to the nations of Latin America. This important, accessible resource will… Continue reading Cambria Press New Publication: New, Highly Accessible Book on Bilateral Aid to #LatinAmerica

Juan Felipe Herrera, the First Mexican American U.S. Poet Laureate – The Contemporary Hispanic Poets Have Arrived!

The Library of Congress announced yesterday that the next U.S. poet laureate is Juan Felipe Herrera. He is the first Latino poet to be appointed to the position. This significant achievement comes as no surprise to those familiar with Herrera's work, especially Professor John Burns, Chair of the  Department of Modern and Classical Languages at Rockford University. In his new… Continue reading Juan Felipe Herrera, the First Mexican American U.S. Poet Laureate – The Contemporary Hispanic Poets Have Arrived!

#LASA2015 Highlight: Interview with John Burns, author of Contemporary Hispanic Poets

The following is an interview with John Burns, author of Contemporary Hispanic Poets: Cultural Production in the Global, Digital Age: Question: Why did you decide to write Contemporary Hispanic Poets? John Burns: I decided to write Contemporary Hispanic Poets because the need to emphasize the relationship between text and context is important when addressing poetry.… Continue reading #LASA2015 Highlight: Interview with John Burns, author of Contemporary Hispanic Poets

#LASA2015 Highlight: Author Interview with Adrian Taylor Kane, author of Central American Avant-Garde Narrative

The following is an interview with Adrian Taylor Kane, author of Central American Avant-Garde Narrative: Literary Innovation and Cultural Change (1926–1936): Question: Why did you decide to write Central American Avant-Garde Narrative? Adrian Taylor Kane: I perceived a gap in knowledge about fiction from this region and era. Until now, scholarship on Latin American avant-garde… Continue reading #LASA2015 Highlight: Author Interview with Adrian Taylor Kane, author of Central American Avant-Garde Narrative

#Humanities Scholarship – Important and Growing

An excellent article from Inside Higher Ed regarding scholarship in the humanities, in which William (Bro) Adams, the head of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), said on Thursday that he wants to push humanities scholarship to become more directly connected to helping address the nation’s contemporary problems. There are also encouraging numbers from… Continue reading #Humanities Scholarship – Important and Growing

Power, Gender, Social Class in Latin America

  At the recent 2014 LASA congress, a book which attracted much interest was Picturing Argentina: Myths, Movies, and the Peronist Vision by Currie Thompson. The book, which was published just in time for the LASA congress, is the inaugural title of the groundbreaking Cambria Studies in Latin American Literatures and Cultures series headed by… Continue reading Power, Gender, Social Class in Latin America