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Escrituras de lo diabólico

Retos de la alteridad en la literatura latinoamericana moderna y post-moderna

Carlos Mario Mejía Suárez

En Escrituras de lo diabólico, Carlos Mario Mejía Suárez estudia obras latinoamericanas donde la imagen diabólica se usa para mapear la representación literaria de formas problemáticas de alteridad. Frente a trabajos que se concentran en el diablo ya desde un punto de vista historiográfico o vinculándolo exclusivamente a la herencia colonial, este trabajo se concentra en la invocación moderna de lo diabólico, desde el Fausto criollo (1866) del siglo XIX hasta novelas contemporáneas como Los estratos (2013) y Diablo guardián (2003), pasando por obras representativas del boom latinoamericano como Grande Sertão: Veredas (1957), El lugar sin límites (1966) y novelas experimentales como Cola de lagartija (1983). Con estas obras, respondemos ¿qué comunica acerca de las convenciones de lo real el estatuto familiar o fantástico del diablo en cada obra? ¿cuáles son los valores implícitos por la aventura de los protagonistas en su transgresora búqueda de objetos de deseo? Pero, más importante aún, ¿cuáles son los límites de estas categorizaciones estructurales para manera en que lo demoníaco representa la alteridad, al "otro"? Estas limitaciones se estudian a través de mapear cuerpos y lugares que en estas obras se rebelan contra la imposición del régimen de significado que los condena a la expulsión y al sacrificio.

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The Greater Middle East

Travelogue & Reflections

H. K. Chang

Greater Middle East: Travelogue and Reflections is a history reader, cultural primer and notebook of a peripatetic rolled into a single volume. Raised in Taiwan and steeped in Chinese culture, Professor Chang set out on his self-styled "voyage across civilizations" from Gondar, Ethiopia, where his parents pioneered a medical center for WHO in the early 1960s.

Over the next five decades, he voyaged frequently. Two hard statistics are informative: 105 countries, 58 years. Based on his on-the-ground observations, he proposes the concept of a "Greater Middle East" that consists of 16 countries of the traditional Middle East, plus another 15 located on its periphery. Excepting Israel, the former are overwhelmingly Muslim, with Egypt to the west, Yemen and Oman to the south, Turkey to the north, and Iran to the east.

But his travelogue also takes us to the "fringes": North Africa’s Maghreb, whose fusion of pre-Islamic Berber roots and deep Muslim faith makes it unique; the four countries of the Horn of Africa where Asia meets Africa, particularly Ethiopia with its Orthodox Christian faith and Jewish Falasha; the Mediterranean’s Greece, Cyprus and Malta; and the hodge-podge of ethnicities and religions that inhabit the southern Caucasus—Armenia, Georgia and Azerbaijan.

Professor Chang is not an Arabist, an anthropologist or a travel writer along the lines of a sometimes-caustic Paul Theroux. Nor is he a European limited by a traditional Western education with its emphasis on Judeo-Christian values. While this travelogue is hardly a Chinese "take" on the Greater Middle East, it does benefit from the author’s firm grounding in East Asian culture and history. In particular, there are several "bonus" chapters documenting the impact of the Mongol Empire and nomadic culture of the Turkic peoples on the region, and this is something special—perhaps even unexpected—that you wouldn’t expect to find in your run-of-the-mill Middle East guidebook.

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Edited by Banafsheh Keynoush

Few regions in the world are as torn by conflicts as the Near East, in which Iran plays a central role. Opportunities to engage with Iran are abundant, but they are squandered when regional states address immediate conflicts in which Iran is only one part, despite its prominent role. Iran’s Interregional Dynamics in the Near East provides a comprehensive guide to broaden our understanding about Iran and its regional neighbors. By analyzing how Iran’s neighbors view their ties with the country, this volume reveals why Iran is less successful in expanding its regional influence than what is commonly assumed. This is the first book of its kind to be written exclusively by authors from and working in the Near East region who came together at a roundtable funded by and convened at Princeton University. As the moderator of the roundtable, the editor of this volume invited the authors to contribute chapters to this timely book. The book explores a wide range of topics to describe the complex relations between Iran and other states in the Near East including Israel, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Iraq, Syria, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Jordan, Lebanon, Bahrain, Kuwait, and Oman. The volume is designed to inform politicians, world leaders, scholars, senior policy makers, and graduate students, and it provides an accessible guide to undergraduate students, junior scholars, and the general public.
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Kony as Moses

Old Testament Texts and Motifs in the Early Years of the Lord’s Resistance Army, Uganda

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Helen Nambalirwa Nkabala

This book discusses the Lord’s Resistance Army’s (LRA) use of Old Testament texts and motifs in their rhetoric to mobilise and sustain the rebellion in Northern Uganda, specifically in Gulu district, the area that has been particularly affected by the LRA’s actions throughout more than two decades. This book also delves into the much-ignored religious dimension of studies on the LRA, which forms the core of the LRA's ideology. The LRA uses biblical motifs to legitimize its ideology and practice and this is the first study which goes into a detailed empirical and hermeneutical analysis of the same. More importantly, this book proposes an ethical gender-sensitive model for reading and interpreting the Bible. The book can be used by students of political science, anthropology, religious studies, contemporary religions and new religious movements as well as by biblicists, theologians and general readers whose interests lie in understanding how issues have evolved.

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Edited by Maira Vaca and Manuel Alejandro Guerrero

Pensar el estudio de la comunicación como una "guerra" implica reconocer que este no es un campo de estudio delimitado por una sola disciplina o una estricta definición del concepto "comunicación". Exige, también, identificar diversas tradiciones de investigación, así como explorar los principales dilemas que han guiado varias disciplinas en distintas épocas históricas y latitudes del mundo. Esta colección de tres volúmenes propone, entonces, analizar la comunicación y los medios desde muy diversas trincheras. Estos diversos panoramas, enfoques, tradiciones, épocas, escuelas, autores y sus preocupaciones dialogan entre sí. No hay consensos definitivos; pero tampoco perdedores o ganadores en el debate. La "guerra" consiste pues, en identificar lo que está en juego; reconocer la diversidad de opiniones e intereses, y; considerar el vasto arsenal disponible para resolver los grandes dilemas de la comunicación.

Volumen I. Enfoques disciplinarios

Este primer volumen de La comunicación y sus guerras teóricas. Introducción a las teorías de la comunicación y los medios revisa los principales enfoques disciplinarios: sus supuestos, alcances y límites, así como las propuestas generales de los diversos cristales desde los que se mira este complejo campo de estudio. "Y es que en el mundo traidor", dicta el verso, "no hay ni verdad ni mentira: todo es según el color del cristal con que se mira". Este volumen presenta algunas (im)precisiones necesarias, al tiempo que propone un mapa tentativo para navegar en esta muy variada área de estudio. El recorrido comienza por el enfoque tradicional de la sociología invitándonos a cuestionar el determinismo tecnológico que constantemente amenaza el estudio de la comunicación y los medios. Otros "cristales" como el enfoque normativo, el cultural, el afectivo, el biológico, el económico, el digital o el político complementan esta revisión crítica a través de las plumas de los grandes expertos de cada mirada.

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Littérature et cinéma

la culture visuelle en partage

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Edited by Ludovic Cortade and Guillaume Soulez

Les co-éditeurs de cet ouvrage, Ludovic Cortade (New York University) et Guillaume Soulez (Sorbonne Nouvelle Paris 3), rassemblent un ensemble de contributions rédigées par des spécialistes de l’écrit et de l’écran permettant de penser l’écosystème formé par l’espace, le cinéma et la littérature. A partir des œuvres d’écrivains et réalisateurs, parmi lesquels Emile Zola, Alfred Jarry, Julien Gracq, Jacques Demy, Agnès Varda, Marguerite Duras, Ousmane Sembène ou Edouard Glissant, les problématiques abordées dans ce volume inscrivent l’esthétique de la forme et de la réception dans une stratigraphie de méthodes et de concepts associant la géocritique, la poétique, l’esthétique et la géopolitique. Les auteurs analysent l’espace et les métafictions géographiques, le transhumanisme, la critique de l’espace anthropocentré, la dimension scalaire de la réception et la signification politique et mémorielle des limites de la représentation de l’espace dans le cinéma et la littérature. Ils interrogent également l’espace à travers le prisme de l’hybridité transculturelle des formes, des récits et de l’esthétique de la réception, participant à la recherche de l’éthique du lieu commun par la parole et l’image partagées à l’ère de l’Anthropocène.

Cet ouvrage paraît en complément de Littérature et cinéma : la culture visuelle en partage (co-édité par les mêmes auteurs). Les deux volumes s’inscrivent dans la nouvelle série « Studies in Film & Literature Cultures » consacrée à l’étude des rapports entre le cinéma et la littérature au sein de la collection Film Cultures de Peter Lang.

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Nathalie Sebbane

Since the publication of James Smith’s groundbreaking book on the Magdalene laundries in 2007, many developments have made the issue even more topical. Even though the lack of access to archives and records of religious orders remains a major obstacle to writing a comprehensive history of the Magdalene laundries, the accessibility of witness testimony and the publication of the McAleese report in 2013 have opened up new avenues of research and methodology.

Written from the perspective of a French academic using French theory, holocaust studies and memory studies to analyze an eminently Irish question, the present publication proposes to make an assessment of the way the issue has evolved from being a media story at the onset of the twenty-first century to becoming a subject worthy of historians’ attention. If the McAleese report was a formative moment in anchoring the Magdalene laundries into the national narrative, this book will show how it also contributed to dis-remembering the laundries by offering a doctored and state-sponsored version of what really happened within the institutions and contributed to preventing proper memorialization. It will show how in the absence of official memorialization, cultural and activist memorial practices have emerged and developed to ensure that this particularly painful and infamous episode in the history of the nation state does not fall into oblivion.

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Edited by Ludovic Cortade and Guillaume Soulez

Les co-éditeurs de cet ouvrage, Ludovic Cortade (New York University) et Guillaume Soulez (Sorbonne Nouvelle Paris 3), rassemblent un ensemble de contributions rédigées par des spécialistes de l’écrit et de l’écran permettant de penser l’écosystème formé par l’espace, le cinéma et la littérature. A partir des œuvres d’écrivains et réalisateurs, parmi lesquels Emile Zola, Alfred Jarry, Julien Gracq, Jacques Demy, Agnès Varda, Marguerite Duras, Ousmane Sembène ou Edouard Glissant, les problématiques abordées dans ce volume inscrivent l’esthétique de la forme et de la réception dans une stratigraphie de méthodes et de concepts associant la géocritique, la poétique, l’esthétique et la géopolitique. Les auteurs analysent l’espace et les métafictions géographiques, le transhumanisme, la critique de l’espace anthropocentré, la dimension scalaire de la réception et la signification politique et mémorielle des limites de la représentation de l’espace dans le cinéma et la littérature. Ils interrogent également l’espace à travers le prisme de l’hybridité transculturelle des formes, des récits et de l’esthétique de la réception, participant à la recherche de l’éthique du lieu commun par la parole et l’image partagées à l’ère de l’Anthropocène.
Cet ouvrage paraît en complément de Littérature et cinéma : la culture visuelle en partage (co-édité par les mêmes auteurs). Les deux volumes s’inscrivent dans la nouvelle série « Studies in Film & Literature Cultures » consacrée à l’étude des rapports entre le cinéma et la littérature au sein de la collection Film Cultures de Peter Lang.
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Saleem Abu Jaber

Hasan al-Turabi (1932-2016) was born into a Sudanese family with a clerical and Sufi history. Whilst studying law at the University of Khartoum, he became a leader of the Islamic student movement. After earning bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of London, he achieved a PhD at the University of Sorbonne in 1964. Upon returning to Sudan to pursue an academic career at the University of Khartoum, he soon became one of the leaders of the Islamic National Front. After being imprisoned for nearly seven years, he went on to hold numerous government posts, culminating in his most influential period during the rule of ‘Umar al-Bashir. He ultimately fell out of favour with the government, and faced trials and imprisonment. The Political Thought of Hasan al-Turabi identifies Turabi as arguably the leading Sudanese Islamic political thinker and activist of recent times, and sets out the main influences upon Turabi’s thought. Yet it is demonstrated that Turabi was an original thinker, who digested but then adapted the thought of his predecessors. Whilst his political goal was to politically unite the Islamic world, he also strove to improve relations with the non-Muslim world. Furthermore, his political thought sought to unite the Muslims and non-Muslims of Sudan in a peaceful unity, whilst working to raise the status of the poor and women.
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Temporalités khmères

de près, de loin, entre îles et péninsules

Edited by Éric Bourdonneau, Nasir Abdoul-Carime, Grégory Mikaelian and Joseph Thach

Dans un précédent volume dont ce livre est en partie la continuation, une série d’enquêtes linguistiques, ethnographiques et historiques illustrait certains aspects des représentations du passé chez les Khmers, tandis que des spécialistes d’autres aires culturelles que l’Asie du Sud-Est apportaient un contre-point comparatif pour chacune des disciplines concernées. Ce premier jalon amenait à questionner plus avant la notion de temporalité. Le prisme comparatif retenu à nouveau dans cet ouvrage fait fond sur une double perspective insulaire et péninsulaire, celle de terres encerclées ou bordées par la mer. Aux propos concernant le royaume khmer, luimême lové au coeur de la péninsule indochinoise, il appose ceux de spécialistes de la péninsule indienne, des îles insulindiennes, japonaises, papoues et malgache. Cette juxtaposition, qui étonnera peut-être, s’inscrit toutefois dans une tradition historiographique, celle des conceptualisations de l’aire culturelle sud-est asiatique, dans laquelle, de Paul Mus à Denys Lombard, l’au-delà des mers tient un rôle décisif dans l’appréhension des civilisations qui s’y nouent, entre océan Indien et mer de Chine.