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Anxious gatekeeping

Analogous to nervous cluelessness is something we might call “anxious gatekeeping.”   This is desire to police the borders of poetry, or of...

Saturday, March 30, 2013


(I am postdating this post to when the search should be over.)

The last campus visit for the Portuguese position featured someone giving a talk on narratives of cultural confluence. I was really well prepared to listen to this talk (which was very good, by the way), because I had been studying forms of cultural exceptionalism for several months. All the language about zone of contact, transculturalism, or whatever, was very familiar to me. I recognized all the moves, the reference to Doris Sommer and Brazilianness, mestizaje.

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