The video recording from Prof. Nikolaev's presentation on "The Story of Writing"...
“I could have told you the same things that are in the film
by just talking to you for six hours. but instead I found shapes.”
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TINO VILLANUEVA: SO SPOKE PENELOPE
Lecturer Tino Villanueva began the semester with not only with a new language course based on the short story (LS307), but also with a new book of poems, reviewed in the current issue of Bostonia by Susan Seligson:
In her review of So Spoke Penelope, published by Grolier Poetry, Seligson quotes from the introduction by Nigerian poet Ifeanyi Menkiti: Villanueva’s incandescent collection, ‘is a work many years in the making, a work indicative of hard-worn recognition on the poet’s part that the whole range of human experience is contained in Penelope at Ithaca.” These 32 poems, Seligson writes, form an “incanescent” collection: they “spill from one to the next and invite a second or third reading.”
A new book by Professor of Spanish Irene Zaderenko—El monasterio de Cardeña y el inicio de la épica cidiana—The Monastery of Cardeña and the Beginning of the Cidian Epic—attempts to resolve the mystery of the authorship of Spain’s greatest epic poem, the Poema de mio Cid. Published by the prestigious Servicio de Publicaciones of the University of Alcalá de Henares, the book brings together many years of research and reflection on one of the perennial problems of medieval Spanish literature.
Research over the past few decades has brought to light the legal knowledge possessed by the poem’s author, the influence of the French epic on the Castilian poem, the utilization of the Historica Roderici as a source of historical data, the presence of loan words and other terms inspired by legal Latin, and the knowledge of Latin ecclesiasical sources. The one place where we might have found someone with such wide knowledge at the end of the twelfth century was the Church. The author must have been a cleric, but of what type? From where? Prof. Zaderenko argues that the Poema de mio Cid’s most probable birthplace is the Benedictine Monastery of Cardeña (a little to the north of Burgos), where Rodrigo Diaz and his wife Jimena were buried and where there was a true cult around the figure of the Cid.
The author of a previous book on the Cid and numerous articles in Spanish, American and Argentine journals, Zaderenko has been working recently on an edition of a unique manuscript in the Hispanic Society of America: the Monastery’s of Cardeña’s Libro de memorias y aniversarios.
Two upcoming events, one in New York and one in Buenos Aires, feature the multifaceted work of Professor of Spanish and Comparative Literature Alicia Borinsky.
In Buenos Aires, the annual conference “El Amor y la Furia” brings together two writers (Borinsky and Claudia Piñeiro), a psychoanylist (Carlos Brück), videographer Leticia Obeid, and graphic artist Eduardo Stupía in a celebration of the literary journal Mal Estar.
At the Instituto Cervantes, New York, Borinsky and Luisa Valenzuela come together to read work published recently in Enclave: Revista de Creación Literaria en Español, edited by Nora Glickman and Alejandro Varderi. The event also includes Nora Glickman’s dramatization of Roberto Bolaño’s novel Amuleto.
Assistant Professor of Spanish and Linguistics, Danny Erker’s linguistic research on the Spanish spoken in Boston is featured in BU Today.
Prof. Adela Pineda of B.U., Prof. Jaime Marroquín of George Washington University, and Magdalena Mieri have co-edited an important book, Open Borders to a Revolution, offering new perspectives on the immediate and long-lasting effects of the Mexican Revolution in the United States in such spheres as diplomacy, politics, and intellectual thought.
Prof. Pineda contributed an essay on the American film industry’s Pancho Villa: “Hollywood Villa and the Vicissitudes of Cross-Cultural Encounters” as well as a co-authored introduction and interview with John Womack, Jr.
Open Borders marks both the bicentennial of Latin America’s independence from Spain and the centennial of the Mexican Revolution, an anniversary with significant relevance for American history.
The book originated in a series of cultural events organized by The Smithsonian Institution, among them an academic symposium whose program was envisioned and developed by those who edited this volume: “Creating an Archetype: The Influence of the Mexican Revolution in the United States.” Contributors include John A. Britton, Helen Delpar, Mary Kay Vaughan, Theodore Cohen, Rick. A. López, Yolanda Padilla, David Dorado Romo, Oswaldo Zavala, Elaine A. Peña, Alma Martinez Carranza, Guillermo Gómez-Peña, and Gilbert M. Joseph.