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Core French Caribbean Students present papers at the Caribbean Studies Conference held in Santa Marta, Colombia

By Department of Romance Languages and Literatures on June 19, 2019

Devin Ferri and Finn Schuemann, both rising Juniors from the Core French Caribbean class, presented papers along with Prof. Ramakrishnan at the 44th Caribbean Studies Conference held from June 3-7 in Santa Marta, Colombia. The title of their panel was: Identity Movements in the French Caribbean: Paths to Integrate or Separate.

Here’s what the students had to say about their experience:

“Participating in this conference allowed me to really engage with our course material to understand why it is still important to study history and in what ways it is still shining through in the present. The educational components of this trip alone were incredible. However, being able to actually be in a location of relevance was even more powerful. I was able to meet people who were from the Caribbean and engage with their culture and language in a more intimate manner.” (Devin Ferri ’21)

“Many aspects of the French Caribbean class I took were present in the panels during the conference. For example, we learned about the various different cultures in the Caribbean and how that affects relations between the different people in the Caribbean. I believe that school trips like these are very valuable for students, as they can see what they learned in class for themselves in real life. Thank you for making this trip possible.” (Finn Schuemann ’21)

Assistant Professor Marta Pérez-Carbonell contributes article to literary magazine Quimera

By Department of Romance Languages and Literatures on April 22, 2019

Literary Magazine Quimera celebrates Javier Marías, one of Spain’s literary giants, with a special issue dedicated to honor his novelistic and journalistic production. Eight literature scholars who have specialized in his works are invited to contribute with their thoughts, interpretations and opinions on Marías’s oeuvre. Marta Pérez-Carbonell’s article deals with the portrayal of uncertainty in Marías novel The Infatuations. How does the author pull his readers into a fictional world they can never leave? This piece explores the spider web-esque scenarios constructed by Marías and the many ways in which they trap readers.

CORE Spain students make Spanish Omelettes

By Department of Romance Languages and Literatures on April 19, 2019

Completing the cultural component of class, students in Marta Pérez-Carbonell’s Core Spain class engage in a time-honored Spanish tradition: the Spanish omelette contest!!

Gabriela Rodríguez (’21) gives paper on Puerto Rican Diasporic Literature at the National Conference for Undergraduate Research

By Department of Romance Languages and Literatures on April 17, 2019

Gabriela Rodriguez (’21) will present her research on “Belonging and not Belonging in Puerto Rican Diasporic Literature” this April at the National Conference for Undergraduate Research. Gabriela’s research originated in the class she took with Professor Lourdes Rojas, Spanish 478, “Literature of the Caribbean.” Congratulations to Gabriela for competing successfully in this prestigious event. For 2019 Professor Rojas will serve as a juror for the conference. NCUR “creates a unique environment for the celebration and promotion of undergraduate student achievement; provides models of exemplary research, scholarship, and creative activity; and helps to improve the state of undergraduate education.”

Professor Fernando Plata participates as respondent in a symposium on moriscos at Syracuse University

By Department of Romance Languages and Literatures on April 5, 2019

The meeting “Memory and Polemics: A Symposium on Moriscos,” was held at Syracuse University on March 2, 2019. Professor Plata delivered a response to a paper by Professor Lisette Balabarca (Siena College) on “Moriscos en el exilio y la polémica anticristiana: el caso de Ibrahim Taybili y Muhammad Alguazir.” Both paper and response focused on an anti-Catholic defense of Islam written in Spanish octavas by Ibrahim Taybili (a.k.a. Juan Pérez) in 1628 during his exile in Tunisia.

Professor Fernando Plata publishes an article in a festschrift honoring Professor Lía Schwartz (CUNY Graduate Center)

By Department of Romance Languages and Literatures on April 5, 2019

“El sentido de ‘barranco’ en La Perinola de Quevedo y en otros textos del siglo de oro.” In Docta y Sabia Atenea. Studia in Honorem Lía Schwartz. Ed. S. López Poza et al. A Coruña: Universidade da Coruña, 2019. 653-669.

Based on an analysis of 74 manuscripts of Francisco de Quevedo’s La Perinola (1632), this paper offers an emendation of the word «varraco», which appears in all editions of the text, but should read «Barranco». This paper shows that the meaning of «Barranco» derives from an area of Madrid, in Lavapiés, known as «Barranco» street or neighborhood, populated by prostitutes in the early 17th century. A review of other texts by Quevedo and his contemporaries in which the word «Barranco» appears shows that it can be understood to mean ‘area of prostitution’, something that critics have overlooked.

Working Papers Colloquium: Performance, Decoloniality, and Translation in Latin American Cultural Production

By Department of Romance Languages and Literatures on March 25, 2019

This research event will feature one invited speaker (Professor José Antonio Mazzotti from Tufts University) plus paper presentations from scholars coming from New York (Syracuse University and Colgate University) and New Jersey (Monmouth University). In addition to these more formal
presentations, there will be time for discussion and informal conversation among scholars from the LELACS (Lake Erie Latin American Cultural Studies) group and students on topics dealing with performance, visual studies, translation and decoloniality as related to Latin American cultural production.

Visiting Assistant Professor Amanda Lee publishes article in Nineteenth- Century Contexts: An Interdisciplinary Journal titled “Péris and Devadasis in Paris: Orientalist Ballet as Poetic Translation.”

By Department of Romance Languages and Literatures on March 1, 2019

In the early- to mid- nineteenth-century, French artists and poets traveled through the Middle East and North Africa, witnessing performances by Egyptian dancers known as ghawazee or awâlim (singular almeh), while in Paris they encountered real live Indian devadasis, drawing fanciful connections between Indian dance and traditional middle eastern dances they witnessed abroad.These dancers, whether in France or in their country of origin, left their mark on the Western stage. Dancers and the poets who observed them created representations of an imagined India, Middle East, and North Africa that bolstered orientalist ideologies, while simultaneously undermining the binary necessary for maintaining them. By studying poets’ popular perception of the dance of the almeh, of devadasis’ corporeal “perfumed poetry,” as well as poet Théophile Gautier’s attempts to translate foreign texts and his own poetry into“orientalist ballets” on the Western stage, my article advances revisions of common notions of orientalism, and draws connections between dance and literature.

Radio Italiana brings a weekly hour of Italian music at Colgate University

By Department of Romance Languages and Literatures on February 7, 2019

In conversations with the Italian faculty and the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, Italian Intern Giuseppe Grispino proposed the idea of a weekly hour of Italian music on Colgate University’s College Radio Station WRCU (90.1 FM Hamilton). Every Tuesday morning from 10am to 11am Giuseppe enjoys playing both contemporary and classic Italian music tracks. The music is accompanied by news, weather forecast, lifestyle, interviews and current “hot” topics in Italy. Radio Italiana is a great opportunity for students and faculty who want to practice Italian in a relaxed and fun way!

Tune in to WRCU (90.1 FM Hamilton) every Tuesday morning from 10am to 11am and get your weekly hour of pure Italian music and Italian vibes!

Vi aspetto! Ciao!

Professor Plata publishes a critical and annotated edition of El sol parado, a play by Lope de Vega.

By Department of Romance Languages and Literatures on February 7, 2019

Lope de Vega’s El sol parado (c. 1592) is a historical drama featuring a 13th-century Portuguese military leader at the time of the Spanish Reconquista. In the play, Lope tries to link current events (the annexation of Portugal in 1580, and the defeat of the Invincible Armada in 1588) to foundational myths in order to foster Spanish identity at a time of upheaval.  This edition is part of the authoritative edition of Lope’s 400-plus plays, a global project led by Prolope, a research team at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona.  The 2000-plus page volume just published contains 12 plays by Lope edited by scholars in Italy, Spain, Switzerland and the US.

Lope de Vega.  El sol parado.  Edición de Fernando Plata.  In Comedias. Parte XVII.  Coordinated by Daniele Crivellari and Eugenio Maggi.  Madrid: Gredos, 2018.  Volume II, pages 349-512.