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Intersections of Culture and Power

Fernando Galvan, Julio Canero Serrano and José Santiago Fernandez

This book brings together several essays presented at the Seventh International Seminar on Culture and Power, held at the University of Alcalá in October 2001. The conference set out to study the ways in which the notions of representation and mis-representation are related to the (mis)uses of power in the English-speaking world. Topics covered in the essays include the relationship between anthropology and literature, textual depictions of the city, and the representation of the (post)colonial world. The contributors also explore the validity of the categories of class, gender and race in a literary, cultural and educational context.
Contents: Fernando Galván/Julio Cañero Serrano/José Santiago Fernández Vázquez: Cultural Studies and the Politics of (Mis)Representation – José Manuel Estévez Saá: Anthropological vs Literary Impulse in the Framework of Cultural Representations – Jürgen Schlaeger: Mis-Representing the City – Felicity Hand: The Amritsar Massacre or the Beginning of the End of the Raj – Dora Sales Salvador: Forms, Representations and Voices: Cultural Liminality in Vikram Chandra’s Fiction – Jonathan P. A. Sell: The Olive, the Arquebus, and the Lion: Some Thoughts on the Representation of Landscape in Sixteenth-Century Colonial Literature – Graham Keith Gregor/Encarna Vidal Rodríguez: ‘Termon, from Terminus, the God of Boundaries’: Brian Friel’s Translations and the Remapping of Ireland – Melania Terrazas: (Mis)Representing British Working Classes: The Despicable (Mis)Use of Power of Vincent Penhale in Percy Wyndham Lewis’ The Vulgar Streak – Cristina Sánchez Carretero: Popular Uses of Popular Culture: Power and Social Class in Public Performances of Fictional Characters – Camila Loew: Miss Represented: Women at War Propaganda vs Autobiographical Writing – Ana García Arroyo: Same-Sex Love in India: Images from Ancient, Medieval and Modern Texts – Francisco A. Lomelí: Remapping the Post-Barrio: Beyond Turf and Graffiti – Julio Cañero Serrano: Politics of ‘Chingando’: Chicano Political Misrepresentation in Heart of Aztlán and Alburquerque – María Antonia Oliver-Rotger: (Mis)Representations of the Fetichized Chicano: Guillermo Gómez-Peña’s Work in the Context of the Latino Backlash and the Global Spectacle of Identity – Carmen Flys: Misrepresenting the Hard-Boiled Tradition: Community vs Individualism in Contemporary Ethnic Detectives – Chris Weedon: Putting the Record Straight: Representing the Black Experience in Post-War Britain – María Dueñas: Misrepresentations of Cultural Minorities and Controversial Social Issues in English as a Foreign Language Textbooks – Edia Cristina Pinho: Princes and Frogs in the Land of Broken Promises: (Mis)Representations of Teaching and Teachers – Mercedes Bengoechea: Some Considerations on Power and Mis-Representation in the Linguistic Debates and Educational Polices of the 80’s in England and Wales – Celia Roberts: Language Ideologies in Institutional Life: Turning Talk into Misrepresentation – David Walton: Cultural Studies: A Critical Bibliography of Some Recent Publications.