LINGUIST List 26.1275

Fri Mar 06 2015

Confs: Spanish, Discourse Analysis/USA

Editor for this issue: Erin Arnold <>

Date: 06-Mar-2015
From: Tess O'Dwyer <>
Subject: Latina/o Literary Theory & Criticism
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Latina/o Literary Theory & Criticism

Date: 23-Apr-2015 - 25-Apr-2015
Location: New York, USA
Contact: Belinda Linn Rincon
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Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis

Subject Language(s): Spanish

Meeting Description:

“Latina/o Utopias: Futures, Forms, and the Will of Literature” convenes writers and scholars from around the United States at John Jay College in NYC to celebrate and debate how Latino identities and subjects are constantly re-envisioned thru the lens of capitalism, neoliberalism, globalization, imperialism, militarism, xenophobia, and sexism.

The event presents as the keynote speaker American Studies Professor Laura Lomas of Rutgers University and as a special guest speaker Sandra Cisneros, McArthur Award winning author of ''Caramelo'' and ''The House on Mango Street''. The conference highlights include a radical literary investigation by John Riofrio, College of William and Mary, on “Fractured Dreams: Life and Debt in ‘United States of Banana,’” a novel by NEA Fellow Giannina Braschi whose work proclaims “Banks are the temples of America. This is a holy war. Our economy is our religion.” Professor Chad Infante, University of Northwestern, presents a paper on “The Quagmire of Black and Indian Concordance and Dissonance in ‘The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao’” by Pulitzer Prize winner Junot Diaz.

The discussions range in topics from illegal borders and imaginative boundaries to citizenship, strangers, and the politics of exile. Kristie Soares, University of California, Santa Barbara, discusses “’Zones of Possibility’: Queer Forms of Lezamian and Anzaldúan Consciousness” and Jennifer Harford Vargas, Bryn Mawr College, discusses Domestic Dictatorships in Julia Alvarez’s “How the García Girls Lost Their Accents” and Loida Martiza Pérez’s “Geographies of Home”.

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