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February 24, 2020

UO Faculty Publish Volume on Transatlantic Studies

Associate Professors Cecilia Enjuto-Rangel and Pedro García-Caro published in November of 2019 the volume Transatlantic Studies: Latin America, Africa, Iberia (Liverpool UP, 2019) with contributions by 35 scholars from universities in the US, Mexico, Spain, and the UK. The book is the result of several years of team work with co-editors Sebastiaan Faber (Oberlin College) and Robert Newcomb (UC Davis) and the international group of scholars who took part in a 2013 Symposium at the UO organized by Prof. Enjuto-Rangel with the help of others.

 

RL Professors Gina Herrmann and Lanie Millar also participated in this collective effort, showcasing the strong emphasis in Transatlantic Studies among our Spanish faculty. The book has been made available online to UO Library users here.

The book seeks to deepen our understanding of comparative paradigms and to challenge the nation-state as the central epistemic frame to define and discuss contemporary culture.

According to Luis Martín-Cabrera, UC San Diego: “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.”

November 7, 2019

Millar Publishes Book on Cuban and Angolan Revolutionary Cultures

Analyzes parallel developments in post–Cold War literature and film from Cuba and Angola to trace a shared history of revolutionary enthusiasm, disappointment, and solidarity.

In Forms of Disappointment, Lanie Millar traces the legacies of anti-imperial solidarity in Cuban and Angolan novels and films after 1989. Cuba’s intervention in Angola’s post-independence civil war from 1976 to 1991 was its longest and most engaged internationalist project and left a profound mark on the culture of both nations. After the fall of the Berlin Wall, Millar argues, Cuban and Angolan writers and filmmakers responded to this collective history and adapted to new postsocialist realities in analogous ways, developing what she characterizes as works of disappointment. Revamping and riffing on earlier texts and forms of revolutionary enthusiasm, works of disappointment lay bare the aesthetic and political fragmentation of the public sphere while continuing to register the promise of leftist political projects. Pushing past the binaries that tend to dominate histories of the Cold War and its aftermath, Millar gives priority to the perspectives of artists in the Global South, illuminating networks of anticolonial and racial solidarity and showing how their works not only reflect shared feelings of disappointment but also call for ethical gestures of empathy and reconciliation.

Forms of Disappointment offers an insightful and unique comparative analysis of a body of works produced in the post–Cold War period. By focusing on the Global South, instead of the customary north-south relationship favored by Cuba experts, the book contributes significantly to the fields of Cuban, African, and Latin American Studies; and more broadly to ‘affect theory’ and postcolonial studies. It is remarkably well written with elegant and clear prose.” — Marta Hernández Salván, author of Mínima Cuba: Heretical Poetics and Power in Post-Soviet Cuba

May 28, 2019

Millar Publishes Translation of Angolan Poet

 Lanie Millar, Assistant Professor of Spanish and Portuguese, has published a Spanish translation of the poem “Monangamba” by Angolan poet António Jacinto. The translation appears in the journal CAL: Revista de poesía (Huelva, Spain) in a special issue on Portuguese-language poetry, co-edited by former RL graduate student Rafael Núñez Rodríguez. António Jacinto (1924-1991) was one of Angola’s most important poets of the independence generation. He co-founded the Angolan Writers’ Union in 1975, and served as Minister of Culture from 1975-1978. He was awarded Angola’s National Prize for Literature in 1987.

February 6, 2019

Prof. Millar Publishes Article on Cuban and Angolan Poetry

Lanie Millar, Assistant Professor of Spanish and Portuguese, has published an article titled “Luanda in Santiago and Santiago in Luanda: Trans-Atlantic Dimensions in Cuban and Angolan Poetry” in the most recent issue of  MLN (vol. 133, no. 5, December, 2018, pp. 1277-1303). The article examines how several groups of twentieth-century Cuban and Angolan poems portray trans-Atlantic exchange between the Caribbean and Africa. It analyzes both mid-twentieth-century anti-colonial poems as well as late-twentieth-century poems written about Cuba’s support for the leftist party during Angola’s civil war, focusing on works by Cubans Nicolás Guillén, Antonio Conte, and Víctor Casaus and Angolans Agostinho Neto, Viriato da Cruz, and Manuel Rui. The poems are often considered only in their limited service to particular political messages. However, Millar argues that poetic nuances often remain hidden or unnoticed if we ignore the poetic in overtly political poetry. The article shows that these poems conceive of a more complex and nuanced idea of the Atlantic world than the simple notion of Africa as the sole origin of cultural inspiration for communities formed through slavery and colonization, which poets in the Americas imitate or copy.  As a result, the article argues, considering these groups of poems together reveals something much more complex than facile political messaging: an alternative social and political community that stretches between the Caribbean and Africa, founded on networks of readers and writers of poetry.
June 22, 2016

Millar awarded fellowship at National Library of Portugal

Assistant Professor of Spanish Lanie Millar was awarded a month-long research fellowship at the National Library of Portugal in summer 2016.
Millar will be working in the government archives from the Salazar/ Estado Novo dictatorship (1933-1974), to examine how the Portuguese government was tracking international leftist networks that involved intellectuals from the Portuguese African colonies in the mid-twentieth century. This research will help Millar illuminate how contemporary Angolan literature responds to ideas developed in Portugal about the colonies and their subjects.
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