Transatlantic Studies

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Transatlantic Studies

Latin America, Iberia, and Africa

Contemporary Hispanic and Lusophone Cultures, 21


October 1st, 2022



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Transatlantic Studies: Latin America, Iberia, and Africa emerges from, and performs, an ongoing debate concerning the role of transatlantic approaches in the fields of Iberian, Latin American, African, and Luso-Brazilian studies. The innovative research and discussions contained in this volume’s 35 essays by leading scholars in the field reframe the intertwined cultural histories of the diverse transnational spaces encompassed by the former Spanish and Portuguese empires. An emerging field, Transatlantic Studies seeks to provoke a discussion and a reconfiguration of the traditional academic notions of area studies, while critically engaging the concepts of national cultures and postcolonial relations among Spain, Portugal and their former colonies. Crucially, Transatlantic Studies transgresses national boundaries without dehistoricizing or decontextualizing the texts it seeks to incorporate within this new framework.

'This volume is, without a doubt, the first attempt to fully theorize the disciplinary practices associated with the umbrella term “transatlantic studies”. Furthermore, it promises to provincialize, once and for all, Iberian Studies as well as to open Latin American Studies to a more radical and cosmopolitan critical practice.'
Luis Martín-Cabrera, UC San Diego

Author Information

Cecilia Enjuto Rangel is Associate Professor of Spanish at the Romance Languages department, University of Oregon. Sebastiaan Faber is Professor of Hispanic Studies at Oberlin College. Pedro García-Caro is the Director of Latin American Studies Program and an Associate Professor of Spanish in the Department of Romance Languages at the University of Oregon. Robert Patrick Newcomb is Associate Professor of Luso-Brazilian Studies at the University of California, Davis.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents
Section TitlePagePrice
Introduction: Transatlantic Studies: Staking Out the Field9
Transatlantic Methodologies 27
1. Transatlantic Coloniality in 1940s Cuba29
2. Transatlantic Studies: The Discipline that Thinks Itself Beyond its Threshold38
3. The Atlantic State of Violence: State of Exception, Colonial/Civil Wars, and Concentration Camps51
4. Iberian Studies: The Transatlantic Dimension64
5. Transatlantic Studies and the Geopolitics of Hispanism75
6. Transatlantic Currents: Oceanic Crossings in Novás Calvo's El negrero84
7. Iberian Atlantic Bodies, Commodities, and Texts93
8. Inscribing Islands: From Cuba to Fernando Pó and Back107
Transatlantic Linguistic Debates 123
9. Linguistic Histories and the Role of Transatlanticity125
10. Los amarres de la lengua: Spanish Exiles, Puerto Rican Intellectuals and the Battle over Spanish, 1942–2016134
11. The Transatlantic Trajectory152
12. "Across the Waves": The Luso-Brazillian Republic of Letters at the Fin de Siècle156
Transatlantic Displacement 165
13. Rewriting the Colonial Past: Spanish Women Intellectuals as Agents of Cross-Cultural Literacy in the Mexican Press167
14. Luis Cernuda's "Historial de un libro": A Travelogue175
15. Triangulating the Atlantic: Blanco White, Arriaza, and the London Debate over "Spain"186
Transatlantic Memory199
16. Children's Gaze in Contemporary Cinema: A Transatlantic Poetics of Exile and Historical Memory201
17: Teaching Narratives of Women's Inner Exiile in Spain and Chile214
18. Ethical Questions about Human Trafficking during Times of Dictatorship: Kidnapped Children in Spain and Argentina226
19. Between Empires: Spanish Immigrants in the United States (1868–1945)237
20. The Exile as Disinherited: Pere Calders in Mexico248
21. Rethinking Spanish Civil War Exile: The Curious Case of the Catalans258
22. Transatlantic Trotsky268
Transatlantic Postcolonial Affinities283
23. Notions of Empire: Transatlantic Art at the Height of the Cold War (A Case Study)285
24. Transatlantic Film Studies in the Age of Neoliberalism: Towards a Postnational Cinema?307
25. Looping the Loop: The African Vector in Hispanic Transatlantic Studies321
26. When the Mediterranean Moved West: Catalan Social Networks and the Construction of Nineteenth- and Early Twentieth-Century Uruguayan Society and Culture334
27. "Africa begins in...": Donato Ndongo Bidyogo's and Francisco Zamora Loboch's Transatlantic Cartographies346
28. Coerced Migration and Sex Trafficking: Transoceanic Circuits of Enslavement356
29. The Good Monarchical Government: Popular Translations of Spanish Political Thought during Mexico’s Independence369
Transatlantic Influence383
30. Alfonso Reyes, Hispanist Praxis, and the Critique of Transatlantic Reason385
31. Nicolás Guillén and Poesia Negra de Expressão Portugeusa (1953)394
32. Transatlantic Modernisms: Portugal and Brazil405
33. Hispanisms in the Works of Pedro Henríquez Ureña414
34. It's Complicated - Ortega y Gasset's Relationship with Argentina426
35. Marcelino Menéndez Pelayo: The Colonial Matrix and the Latin American Literatures440
Epilogue: The Future—if There Is One—Is Transatlantic451