I have just thought of my next seminar topic: Narratives of Hispanism. (A meta-analysis of meta récits?)
We would look at recent collections like Reading Iberia, Spain Beyond Spain, or Ideologies of Hispanism. At other narratives like the Américo Castro paradigm. While Lyotard predicted that grand narratives would cede in importance, they remain as powerfully hegemonic as always, shaping our perceptions of major authors and developments.
We will study these movements along with the thought of writers who develop "poetics of cultural exceptionalism," based on Spain and Latin America.
We will look at how cultural studies puts forward these narratives in other forms, seeming to displace the centrality of literary texts while actually continuing to develop the same master narratives.
I would probably need a smart colleague co-teach this course with me. (My colleagues are smart, but I would need one who was interested in this particular project.)