SUNY Press Book Series

Latin American and Iberian Thought and Culture

Latin American and Iberian Thought and Culture.

In the late 1980s the current chair established a book series with SUNY Press, entitled Latin American and Iberian Thought and Culture, to promote sound and interdisciplinary scholarship in these, often neglected fields. The series has been functioning for over a quarter of a century and has published more than 56 volumes.

Selected Publications

 
Carlos Estevez
Carlos Estevez (October 2015)
Bottles to the Sea
Jorge J. E. Gracia - Editor
David E. Johnson - Translator
Paula Cucurella - Translator

Serves as a source for the exploration of many dimensions of the human experience in relation to other beings, ranging from machines and blueprints to mollusks and plants.
This book presents the complex art installation of Cuban American artist Carlos Estévez, which deals with elaborate explorations on the metaphor of launching bottles to the sea. The artist launches one hundred drawings enclosed in bottles at different ...(Read More)
 
 
Minima Cuba
Minima Cuba (June 2015)
Heretical Poetics and Power in Post-Soviet Cuba
Marta Hernández Salván - Author

Explores the ideological and emotional trauma created after the withering of the socialist utopia in Cuba.
Mínima Cuba analyzes the reconfiguration of aesthetics and power during the Cuban postrevolutionary transition (1989 to 2005, the conclusion of the “Special Period”). It explores the marginal cultural production on the island by the first generation of intellectuals born during the Revolution. The auth...(Read More)
 
 
Borges, Second Edition
Borges, Second Edition (April 2014)
The Passion of an Endless Quotation
Lisa Block de Behar - Author
William Egginton - Translator
Christopher RayAlexander - With

Expanded edition with new chapters and updates to the translation and bibliography.
Borges cites innumerable authors in the pages making up his life’s work, and innumerable authors have cited and continue to cite him. More than a figure, then, the quotation is an integral part of the fabric of his writing, a fabric made anew by each reading and each re-citation it undergoes, in the never-ending throes of a work-in-progress. ...(Read More)
 
 
Painting Modernism
Painting Modernism (February 2014)
Ivan A. Schulman - Author

Studies the influence of the plastic arts on the major writers of Latin American modernism.
Painting Modernism demonstrates the influence of painting and sculpture on the work of the major writers of Latin American modernism. Through his analysis, Ivan A. Schulman, a foundational figure in the field, offers a concise and new interpretation of works by José Asunción Silva, Julián del Casal, Rubén Dar&...(Read More)
 
 
The Suspension of Seriousness
The Suspension of Seriousness (December 2012)
On the Phenomenology of Jorge Portilla, With a Translation of Fenomenología del relajo
Carlos Alberto Sánchez - Author

First in-depth analysis of this important Mexican philosopher’s work.
The Suspension of Seriousness engages the Mexican philosopher Jorge Portilla (1919–1963), taking note of Portilla’s philosophical methodology, insights, and contributions to our understanding of value, being, and subjectivity. Portilla lived a short, troubled life and never held a teaching appointment, but his works, though few in ...(Read More)
 
 
Changing Women, Changing Nation
Changing Women, Changing Nation (July 2012)
Female Agency, Nationhood, and Identity in Trans-Salvadoran Narratives
Yajaira M. Padilla - Author

Analyzes the literary representations of women in Salvadoran and US-Salvadoran narratives since 1980.
Changing Women, Changing Nation explores the literary representations of women in Salvadoran and US-Salvadoran narratives during the span of the last thirty years. This exploration covers Salvadoran texts produced during El Salvador’s civil war (1980–1992) and the current postwar period, as well as US-Salvador...(Read More)
 
 
Painting Borges
Painting Borges (February 2012)
Philosophy Interpreting Art Interpreting Literature
Jorge J. E. Gracia - Author

A provocative examination of the artistic interpretation of twelve of Borges’s most famous stories.
In this groundbreaking book, Jorge J. E. Gracia explores the artistic interpretation of fiction from a philosophical perspective. Focusing on the work of Jorge Luis Borges, one of the most celebrated literary figures of Latin America, Gracia offers original interpretations of twelve of Borges’s most famous stories about...(Read More)
 
 
Destination Dictatorship
Destination Dictatorship (October 2009)
The Spectacle of Spain's Tourist Boom and the Reinvention of Difference
Justin Crumbaugh - Author

Examines the relationship of Spain’s 1960s tourist boom to Franco’s right-wing dictatorship.
When the right-wing military dictatorship of Francisco Franco decided in 1959 to devalue the Spanish currency and liberalize the economy, the country’s already steadily growing tourist industry suddenly ballooned to astounding proportions. Throughout the 1960s, glossy images of high-rise hotels, crowded beaches, and blondes...(Read More)
 
 
Cuban-American Literature and Art
Cuban-American Literature and Art (February 2009)
Negotiating Identities
Isabel Alvarez Borland - Editor
Lynette M. F. Bosch - Editor

Explores how Cuban Americans negotiate bicultural identities through cultural production.
This groundbreaking collection offers an understanding of why Cuban-American literature and visual art have emerged in the United States and how they are so essentially linked to both Cuban and American cultures. The contributors explore crucial issues pertinent not only to Cuban-American cultural production but also to other immigrant groups&...(Read More)
 
 
Identity, Memory, and Diaspora
Identity, Memory, and Diaspora (February 2008)
Voices of Cuban-American Artists, Writers, and Philosophers
Jorge J. E. Gracia - Editor
Lynette M. F. Bosch - Editor
Isabel Alvarez Borland - Editor

Offers a detailed picture of the lives of Cuban Americans through interviews with artists, writers, and philosophers.
This fascinating volume contains interviews with nineteen prominent Cuban-American artists, writers, and philosophers who tell their stories and share what they consider important for understanding their work. Struggling with issues of Cuban-American identity in particular and social identity in general, they explo...(Read More)
 
Cuba
Cuba (August 2007)
Idea of a Nation Displaced
Andrea O'Reilly Herrera - Editor

Internationally renowned scholars address the Cuban diaspora from multiple perspectives and locations.
In Cuba, internationally renowned artists, philosophers, and writers reflect on the idea of a nation displaced. Featuring contributions from Isabel Alvarez Borland, Antonio Benítez-Rojo, María Cristina García, William Navarrete, Eliana Rivero, Rafael Rojas, and Carlos Victoria, as well as many others, ...(Read More)
 
 
The Censorship Files
The Censorship Files (January 2007)
Latin American Writers and Franco's Spain
Alejandro Herrero-Olaizola - Author

Investigates the role played by censorship in the Spanish-language publishing industry, which led to the Latin American Boom literature of the 1960s and 1970s.
Drawing on extensive research in the Spanish National Archive, Alejandro Herrero-Olaizola examines the role played by the censorship apparatus of Franco’s Spain in bringing about the Latin American literary Boom of the 1960s and 1970s. He reveals the negotiations and ...(Read More)
 
 
Between Argentines and Arabs
Between Argentines and Arabs (December 2005)
Argentine Orientalism, Arab Immigrants, and the Writing of Identity
Christina Civantos - Author

Examines the presence of Arabs and the Arab world in nineteenth- and twentieth-century Argentine literature by juxtaposing works by Argentines of European descent and those written by Arab immigrants in Argentina.
Between Argentines and Arabs is a groundbreaking contribution to two growing fields: the study of immigrants and minorities in Latin America and the study of the Arab diaspora. As a literary and cultural study, ...(Read More)
 
 
Linking the Americas
Linking the Americas (April 2005)
Race, Hybrid Discourses, and the Reformulation of Feminine Identity
Lesley Feracho - Author

Provides a comparative look at women's texts across the Americas.
What links women of the Americas? How do they redefine their identities? Lesley Feracho answers these questions through a comparative look at texts by four women writers from across the Americas—Zora Neale Hurston, Julieta Campos, Carolina Maria de Jesus, and Clarice Lispector. She explores how their writing reformulates identity as an intricate connection of the his...(Read More)
 
 
Redreaming America
Redreaming America (December 2004)
Toward a Bilingual American Culture
Debra A. Castillo - Author

Pursues an inquiry into the cultural and linguistic dissonances that Spanish creates in the United States.
What would American literature look like in languages other than English, and what would Latin American literature look like if we understood the United States to be a Latin American country and took seriously the work by U.S. Latinos/as in Spanish? Debra A. Castillo explores these questions by highlighting the contributions of Lat...(Read More)
 
 
Humoring Resistance
Humoring Resistance (July 2004)
Laughter and the Excessive Body in Latin American Women's Fiction
Dianna C. Niebylski - Author

Analyzes the explosive connections among strategic uses of humor, women's bodies, and resistance in fiction by Latin American women writers.
Contextualizing theoretical debates about the political uses of gendered humor and female excess, this book explores bold new ways in which a number of contemporary Latin American women authors approach questions of identity and community. The author examines the connections among strategic uses of...(Read More)
 
 
Mothers, Lovers, and Others
Mothers, Lovers, and Others (December 2003)
The Short Stories of Julio Cortazar
Cynthia Schmidt-Cruz - Author

Provocative reappraisal of the portrayal of women in Julio Cortázar's short stories.
Using feminist revisions of psychoanalytic thought and cultural studies, Mothers, Lovers, and Others examines the pervasive role of the conception of the feminine in the short stories of Argentine writer Julio Cortázar (1914–1984). Contending that his obsession with the mother is the source of Cortázar's uneasiness with ...(Read More)
 
 
Three Spanish Philosophers
Three Spanish Philosophers (April 2003)
Unamuno, Ortega, Ferrater Mora
Jose Ferrater Mora - Author
J. M. Terricabras - Edited, annotated and introduction

An introduction to the thought of three major philosophers of twentieth-century Spain.
This collection provides an excellent introduction to three of the most important names in twentieth-century Spanish philosophy: Miguel de Unamuno (1864–1936), José Ortega y Gasset (1883–1955), and José Ferrater Mora (1912–1991). The thought-provoking work of these great contemporary philosophers offers a rich and penetrati...(Read More)
 
 
Borges
Borges (October 2002)
The Passion of an Endless Quotation
Lisa Block de Behar - Author
William Egginton - Translation and introduction by

Lisa Block de Behar explores the trope of quotation in the works of Jorge Luis Borges.
“Barthes once wrote that the only way to read a work of passion is with another work of passion. What was true for Barthes is equally true for Lisa Block de Behar, whose three or more decades of scholarly activity have produced an imposing body of scholarship on the work of Jorge Luis Borges, but more importantly and more urgently have resulted...(Read More)
 
 
The Contemporary Mexican Chronicle
The Contemporary Mexican Chronicle (August 2002)
Theoretical Perspectives on the Liminal Genre
Ignacio Corona - Editor
Beth E. Jörgensen - Editor

Diverse perspectives on the “chronicle”as a literary genre and socio-cultural practice.
The crónica, or chronicle, which crosses the boundaries between fiction and nonfiction, literature and journalism, is a highly polemical and widely read form of writing in Mexico and throughout Latin America, where it plays an influential cultural, social, and historical role. For the first time, this book addresses the theory and practice of the chro...(Read More)
 
 
Colonialism Past and Present
Colonialism Past and Present (October 2001)
Reading and Writing about Colonial Latin America Today
Alvaro Felix Bolanos - Editor
Gustavo Verdesio - Editor

Critiques lingering manifestations of colonialism in contemporary Latin American scholarship.

This collection of essays offers alternative readings of historical and literary texts produced during Latin America's colonial period. By considering the political and ideological implications of the texts' interpretation yesterday and today, it attempts to "decolonize" the field of Latin American studies and promote an ethical, interdiscipli...(Read More)
 
 
Onetti and Others
Onetti and Others (July 1999)
Comparative Essays on a Major Figure in Latin American Literature
Gustavo San Roman - Editor

Explores the connections between Onetti, a foundational figure of the 1960s "Boom" in Latin American literature, and other relevant writers and texts from Latin America and beyond.
International scholars explore the connections between Juan Carlos Onetti, one of the foundational figures of the 1960s "Boom" in Latin American literature, and other relevant writers and texts from Latin America and beyond. The essays reflect a range of pers...(Read More)
 
 
Writing Paris
Writing Paris (May 1999)
Urban Topographies of Desire in Contemporary Latin American Fiction
Marcy E. Schwartz - Author

Explores Paris as a desired and imagined place in Latin American postcolonial identity, uncovering the city's class, gender, political, and aesthetic resonances for Latin America.
Exploring Paris as a desired and imagined place in Latin American postcolonial identity, Marcy E. Schwartz examines fiction by Julio Cortazar, Manuel Scorza, Alfredo Bryce Echenique, and Luisa Futoransky as she uncovers the city's class, gender, political, an...(Read More)
 
 
Women Writing Women
Women Writing Women (February 1997)
An Anthology of Spanish-American Theater of the 1980s
Teresa Cajiao Salas - Editor
Margarita Vargas - Editor

This first anthology in English dedicated exclusively to Spanish-American women playwrights includes eight plays by award-winning authors who have received national and international acclaim.

While these playwrights articulate concerns similar to those of their male counterparts--social injustice, the question of identity, the role of art, the power of writing--their feminist perspectives offer a fresh view of Spanish America by challenging t...(Read More)
 
 
Bridging the Atlantic
Bridging the Atlantic (April 1996)
Toward a Reassessment of Iberian and Latin American Cultural Ties
Marina Perez de Mendiola - Editor

This collection of historical, philosophical, sociopolitical, and literary essays examines the linkages between the Iberian Peninsula and Latin America.
The essays examine the linkages between the Iberian Peninsula and Latin America in the area of intellectual production over the centuries. No other book provides such a broad coverage of the most significant intellectual influences between the Iberian Peninsula and Latin America. At the s...(Read More)
 
 
Painting on the Page
Painting on the Page (August 1995)
Interartistic Approaches to Modern Hispanic Texts
Rosemary Geisdorfer Feal - Author
Carlos Feal - Author

This book examines psychoanalysis, feminism, philosophy, and semiotics to examine late 19th- and 20th-Century Spanish and Spanish-American literature in relation to painting, and to larger questions of art theory and literary history.
"In this book the authors take on a severely understudied aspect of Hispanic letters: the inter-interpretation of visual and literary arts. Such studies as exist tend to be brief and superficial; this book ...(Read More)
 
 
Cultural Identity and Social Liberation in Latin American Thought
Cultural Identity and Social Liberation in Latin American Thought (March 1993)
Ofelia Schutte - Author

This book defines the relationship between liberation and cultural identity in the Latin American social reality--from a historically rooted, critical philosophy. Schutte explores the connections between the diverse political and intellectual movements for social liberation in Latin America since 1920. She analyzes the variety of attempts to give meaning to the complex and conflictive nature of Latin America's social reality, critiquing the work o...(Read More)
 
 
Academic Rebels in Chile
Academic Rebels in Chile (July 1989)
The Role of Philosophy in Higher Education and Politics
Ivan Jaksic - Author

Many philosophers have been appointed to top-level political positions during Chile's modern history. What makes Chilean philosophers unique in the context of Latin America and beyond, is that they have developed a sophisticated rationale for both their participation and withdrawal from politics. All along, philosophers have grappled with fundamental problems such as the role of religion and politics in society. They have also played a fundame...(Read More)