100 Works

Editorial. Transborder Matters: A Conceptual Approach

Romana Radlwimmer

Transborder Matters. Circulaciones literarias, transformaciones culturales mexicanas y chicanas

Romana Radlwimmer
iMex XVII. Transborder Matters, año 9, n°17 | Romana Radlwimmer(ed.)

Poetry of the Space In Between

Wolfgang Müller-Funk
The discourse about borders, frontiers and all sorts of liminal phenomena, including transbordering or border-crossing, seems to be older than the current one on globalization and post-colonialism. The idea that globalization will wipe out all borders and limitations is problematic, and the strange, a result of cultural construction, will not disappear. Borders are never only limes, borders, fences, or walls, but at the same time they are also spaces between contact zones. Human space is...

Hacia una fenomenología del cruce. Propuestas literarias, cinematográficas y artísticas desde la frontera norte/sur

Romana Radlwimmer
The perspective on the Mexican-US Border is modified when looked at as frontera norte or as Southern Border. Along this enormous division line, the crossing of persons or merchandise between two distinct geopolitical entities becomes possible or is restricted. It is an emblematic zone to conceive the phenomenon of crossing. Contemporary literature, cinema and arts reflect a focus on displacements, a tendency that can be understood as a movement towards a transborder approach. Which phenomena...

Me duele la cara de ser tan güerx

This paper is a personal account of the intentions behind our reggaeton ME DUELE LA CARA DE SER TAN GÜERX (MY FACE SO GÜERO IT HURTS), a song that we wrote with the desire to challenge the internal and external güero – in our bodies and our group, and by/in our surrounding/s, respectively –, as well as to thwart the reggaeton genre itself. The paper combines collective narration and analysis of Gloria Anzaldúa’s concept nepantla,...

Action as deferment: Anzaldua’s conocimiento as critical thinking

Marisa Belausteguigoitia Rius
In this article I focus on a pedagogical notion inspired by Anzaldua’s ‘left hand maneuvers’ as critical thinking, which I call Tilting Pedagogies. Tilting Pedagogies are left hand maneuvers – connecting critical operations – that cross over to meet social urgencies as a way to incarnate theoretical thought inside the classroom. Tilting pedagogies represent those notions, actions and maneuvers that allow us to ‘incline’ – tilt – from academia to social urgencies, from Spanish to...

US-Mexican Encounters in Contemporary North American Film

Guido Rings & Stephen Trinder

Approaching Pixar's Coco during the Trump Era

Sandra L. López Varela
An archaeology of media approach guides this analysis of the film Coco, a 3D animated fiction movie inspired by the Day of the Dead or Dia de los muertos in Mexico, and released by Pixar Animation Studios, a subsidiary of Walt Disney Studios, in 2017. In particular, I explore the tensions and contradictions within Pixar's most successful movie at the box office in taking a stand against Donald Trump's presentation of Mexicans as "rapists and...

Discapacidad y construcciones de género en Después del invierno de Guadalupe Nettel

Etna Ávalos
In Guadalupe Nettel’s narratives, the representation of disability deconstructs various Latin American paradigms of 'normalcy', within a global context. Drawing primarily from her novel, Después del invierno (2014), this study focuses on the processes that confront the restrictive and oppressive notions of 'the feminine' and 'the masculine'. Following theoretical postulates that define disability as a social construction, as well as contemporary theories on gender and masculinities, this essay seeks to uncover the ways in which...

Octavio Paz entre la literatura mundial y las literaturas del mundo

Gesine Müller
pp. 51-63 The debate around the concept of world literature, held with new intensity in the last twenty years, is part, within the framework of cultural studies, of the controversies that are closely associated with issues related to global networks in a polycentric world. In view of this, this article would first of all like to open the field of tension between the concepts of world literature and literature of the world, with the purpose...

La experiencia judía en México

Jacobo Sefamí, Matthias Lehmann, Antonio Cortijo Ocaña, Ronnie Perelis, Alicia Gojman de Backal, Carlos Martínez Assad, Liz Hamui Sutton, Sara Poot Herrera, Leonardo Senkman, Darrell B. Lockhart, Myriam Moscona, Jacobo Sefamí, Anne Kraume, Elisa Kriza & Katrin Goldenstein

Procesos micro-económicos en el negocio de la intermediación financiera (1928-1956). Narrativas de integración al entorno nacional de un inmigrante judío sirio

Liz Hamui Sutton
This article aims to build the biographical narrative of Aslan, a Jew from Aleppo origin, who immigrated to Mexico at the beginning of the 20th Century. In this story, personal, family, community, local and national aspects converge, whose organizing axis is the economic itinerary in the context of the growth of the urban capitalism in Mexico City. It seeks to characterize the ethos of the life world of Aslán, that is, that cultural nucleus that...

Octavio Paz, Carlos Castaneda y la búsqueda de otra dimensión de la realidad

Hermann Herlinghaus
pp. 91-106 This study is dedicated to the prologue Octavio Paz wrote for the second Mexican edition of Castaneda’s The Teachings of Don Juan: A Yaqui Way of Knowledge (1968), entitled “La mirada anterior.” It discusses a problematic of great relevance for Paz which, however, was thoroughly underestimated by the major part of scholarly work on the Mexican author. At issue is Paz’ interest in psychoactive phenomena in relationship to cultural creation and, especially, regarding...

Guadalupe-Tonantzin: una santa transcultural

Stephanie Schütze
pp. 166-178 Parting from an event at the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Guadalupe/ Our Lady of Guadalupe Shrine in Des Plaines Illinois, near Chicago, this article shows how this sacred space acquired cross-cultural political significance for the struggle of Mexican migrants in the United States. It explores the connection between the religious symbol of the Virgin of Guadalupe and the political activism of Mexican migrants. Its political significance is a historically rooted notion that...

Lo que se nos escapa al viajar: apercepción en Amado Nervo

José Ramón Ruisánchez Serra
pp. 107-116 This article explores the travel writing of Amado Nervo in El éxodo y las flores del camino, the 1902 volume that colects the sketches of a 1900 trip to the World Fair in Paris, both in prose and in verse. In my reading I privilege the «absential»: instead of the tourist magnets, the way that they let down Nervo, and the way he writes about it with peculiar sincerity. This sincere articulation of...

Marcas de violencia: biopolítica, enfermedad y discapacidad en Teoría de las catástrofes de Tryno Maldonado

Etna Avalos
pp. 70-83 Illness and disability are recurring motifs in the novel Teoría de las catástrofes (2012) by the Mexican author Tryno Maldonado. The story, which develops during the Oaxaca protests in 2006, reflects the literary use of bodily insubordination as an allegory of collective political resistance. Taking into account the disability studies theory as well as the concept of biopolitics ­–that has allowed the State to exert violence against the members of the social body...

El difícil camino hacia la Independencia: los desafíos de la emancipación política y del compromiso periodístico en México

Frank Leinen
pp. 23-69 On the occasion of the bicentenary of the Mexican Declaration of Independence in 1821, this article aims to examine the extent to which political and social processes, the gradual emergence of a public space and the increasingly dynamic development of the press interacted in the run-up to this event. The study reveals that in the course of the formation of a public opinion in the sense of Habermas, many periodicals saw themselves as...

Prácticas literarias de pertenencia: identificación y diferenciación cultural en la loa del Divino Narciso de Juana Inés de la Cruz

Claudia Jünke
The article investigates the transcultural exchanges and the traces of a creole consciousness in the loa of the auto sacramental El Divino Narciso by Juana Inés de la Cruz. Our reading of this allegorical play takes the concept of belonging as a tool for the analysis of the multifaceted dynamics of cultural identification and differentiation that are deployed in this literary text from the Mexican colonial baroque of the 17th century. We will focus on...

Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz: identidad criolla y procesos de transculturación

Claudia Jünke & Jutta Weiser

¿Volver a empezar? Viejos y nuevos documentos alrededor de Sor Juana

Sara Poot Herrera
Recently discovered documents dating back to the time of Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz call for a reappraisal of the Novo-Hispanic poet’s biography. While perusing documents related to her family, her court life, and her conventual destiny, we perceive the contours of a “novel” portrait of her person in her own lifetime. We already have what we could call “data”, pointing to an integral and multifaceted biography: Sor Juana the thinker, the intellectual, the...

Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz: figuraciones del mecenazgo y la autoría

Beatriz Colombi
The readings of the work dedicated by Sor Juana to her patron, the Countess de Paredes, have followed different paths: between literature and life, rhetoric of courteous love and feminine friendship, poetic and politics, Sapphic, Neoplatonic or Petrarchan tradition. This work focuses on the exchange of representations between the poet and her patron and proposes that in this dialogue of figurations new feminine agencies arise in the XVII century, from an orbital place with respect...

\"Plus ultra! ¡Más Mundos hay!\" – Discurso criollo y autoría implícita en las loas sacramentales de Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz

Jutta Weiser
The present article analyses Sor Juana’s metatheatrality and self-fashioning in the loas that precede the autos sacramentales El Mártir del Sacramento, San Hermenegildo and El Divino Narciso, starting from the hypothesis that Sor Juana uses authorial figures to highlight her authority as Creole writer and educated woman in the Viceroyalty of New Spain. Interpreted from the angle of the Creole consciousness, the implied author positions herself between the new and the old world, knowing both...

Sor Juana: el Primer sueño, el poder político y el flujo anti-imperialista de sus esferas

Patricia Saldarriaga
The printing revolution of the 17th century made possible the development of the “Theories of the Earth”, an interdisciplinary set of publications that included different visual representations of the earth as a globe, as well as debates and dialogues regarding its shape. Magruder states that global sections (a type of wedge) and global views (only showing the surface) were the two most common ways to represent the earth. Sor Juana contributes to the so called...

La existencia sobrenatural de los difuntos

Alma Barbosa Sánchez
As in most of Mexico’s contemporary indigenous communities, in Ocotepec, Morelos the funerary culture preserves two primordial postulates of the Mesoamerican religious imaginary: the body-soul duality and the life-death duality. According to the first postulate, the soul of the individual survives the death of the body and, symbolically, remains in the family home for nine days before embarking on a supernatural journey to its rightful place in the afterlife. The funeral honors involve two burial...

Presencias espectrales en Alas a la palabra de Adela Calva Reyes: convergencia de voces en una mujer hñähñu

Milvet Alonso
Alas a la palabra (2008) is a book of memoirs that speaks to the cultural and personal experiences of the hñähñu (or otomí) author Adela Calva Reyes, born in the community of San Ildefonso in the state of Hidalgo, Mexico. The text offers the author’s memories interwoven with those narrated by her family. The memories present traditions, beliefs and events in the community that are also intertwined with the hñähñu worldview. Furthermore, some of the...

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