Before leaving for Brazil, my father gave me his 1975 copy of Tereza Batista, Home From The Wars, by the Bahian author, Jorge Amado. I had read Tieta and Gabriela, Clove and Cinnamon, and was captivated by Amado’s descriptions of life in Ilhéus, Bahia, and Sant’Ana do Agreste, here in the Nordeste do Brasil. However, it was not until… Read More Tereza Batista, Sergipana: Aracaju, Boquim, and Literary Geographies
Dialogues With Power met again this week. Each class is a foray into the theoretical territory of Cultural Studies, using the vocabulary of this interdisciplinary field to further our understandings of languages—English, Portuguese, and more—, of media usage, and of the way that meaning is generated in our societies, across history, and, of course, in… Read More Hegemony, Hybridity, and Semiotics
Today was the first day of our Cultural Studies workshop at the Universidade Federal de Sergipe, in São Cristovão, Sergipe. This will become a place for people to post about additions to the topics that we discussed in class, and also a place where folks can find further information and resources related to cultural studies. Thank… Read More Dialogues With Power Across the Americas
On the airplane ride back from a week in La Habana, Cuba, the following excerpt poured out from my pen with no warning or pause. I wrote until I arrived in La Ciudad de Mexico, with the experience of Cuba written all over me, seemindly everywhere, and so suddenly absent, all at once. Cuba. Oh… Read More Soy Cuba
A train journey from Portland to Los Angeles. Two days, two friends, and many generous people providing shelter and sustenance every step of the way.… Read More A Long Goodbye
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