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Professor Fitz's recent publications include a memoir/anecdotal essay titled, "On the Shoulders of Giants:

April 7, 2014—Professor Fitz's recent publications include a memoir/anecdotal essay titled, "On the Shoulders of Giants: The Study of Portuguese and Luso-Brazilian Literature in the United States," published in the LUSO-BRAZILIAN REVIEW, Vol. 50, No. 2 (2013), 1-12. His essay on "Lima Barreto and Gender: An Inter-American Perspective," appears in the book LIMA BARRETO: NEW CRITICAL PERSPECTIVES published by Lexington Books, 2014. His latest book manuscript, FEMALE CHARACTERIZATION IN THE NINE NOVELS OF MACHADO DE ASSIS, is forthcoming from the Bucknell University Press in the series Bucknell Studies in Latin American Literature and Theory. Talks and presentations this academic year have included: "Sexuality and Humor in Clarice Lispector's Denunciation of the Brazilian Dictatorship" at the Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association, "Brazilian, Portuguese, and Afro-Lusophone Literatures in the Context of Comparative Literary Studies" at the Modern Language Association, "The Inter-American Paradigm and Its Importance to Latin American Studies" for the Center for Latin American Studies, "Clarice Lispector, Translation, and the Inter-American Project" at the University of California at Berkeley, "The Boom: Literature and Politics" at Davidson College, "Baudelaire in the Americas" at the W.T. Bandy Center for Baudelaire and Modern French Studies, "The World Cup and the Future of Brazil" for the Owen Graduate School of Management and the Center for Latin American Studies. In April, Professor Fitz will deliver a keynote address, "Portuguese Studies in a Globalized World," at the Kentucky Foreign Language Conference. This spring he is developing and teaching a course called "BRAZIL!" for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Vanderbilt.


Professor Fitz had two articles reprinted in Brazilian online journals.

October 1, 2013—Professor Fitz had two articles reprinted in Brazilian online journals. Both essays, one on Clarice Lispector and one on Machado de Assis, originally appeared in the U.S. in the LUSO-BRAZILIAN REVIEW. A new essay titled "Native American Literature and Its Place in the Inter-American Project" recently appeared in a special issue on Hemispheric Indigenous Studies in COMPARATIVE AMERICAN STUDIES: AN INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL. Professor Fitz was appointed by the Modern Language Association to serve as Chair of the Aldo and Jeanne Scaglione Prize for a Translation of a Scholarly Study of Literature Selection Committee for 2013. He has been on the committee since 2010. Forthcoming online in The Occasional Papers series of the Center for Latin American Studies at Vanderbilt University is an essay on "The Importance of Latin American Studies to the Inter-American Project".


Spanish major awarded the Founder's Medal:

May 14, 2013—Spanish major awarded the Founder's Medal: Robert George Tauscher, from Geneva Ill., earned the 2013 Founder's Medal for the College of Arts and Science. Rob graduated as a Bachelor of Arts with majors in both Spanish and Biological Sciences. He was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and Sigma Delta Pi, the Spanish Honor Society, and was a co-winner of the Katharine B. Woodward Prize for Excellence in Spanish Studies and a nominee for a Rhodes Scholarship. He was an academic All-American in rowing and was active in the Maní+ project, which works to reduce the incidence of malnutrition in Guatemala. This fall, he will begin his studies at the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine.


Professor Fitz delivered a keynote address at the Texas Tech University

April 8, 2013—Professor Fitz delivered a keynote address at the Texas Tech University conference on "Frontiers and Borders: Life on the Fringe of the Spanish and Portuguese Worlds, and Beyond." He spent three days talking with faculty, students, and administrators about what was described as his "groundbreaking and innovative work" in comparative approaches to Latin American and Inter-American literature and to comparative Iberian studies. His keynote was given using English, Spanish, Portuguese, and French languages.


Professor Earl Fitz gave an invited lecture at Northwestern University

March 29, 2013—Professor Earl Fitz gave an invited lecture at Northwestern University on "Soccer: The 'Jogo Bonito' as Motif in Brazilian Literature." He presented a paper on "Portugal, Brazil, and Inter-American Studies: The Luso-Brazilian World Takes the Lead" at the annual meeting of the American Portuguese Studies Association held at the University of Iowa.


Professor Philip D. Rasico has recently published the article "Josep Moran i l'edició de textos catalans antics,"

March 18, 2013—Professor Philip D. Rasico has recently published the article "Josep Moran i l'edició de textos catalans antics,"


Professor Jrade and Professor Karageorgou

February 18, 2013—Jrade, Cathy L.; Karageorgou-Bastea, Christina (eds.): Vervuert An exciting conceptual thread in most of the contributions in this volume, a thematic undercurrent, might be the relationship between the intimate and the political, the personal and the historical. The different essays by specialists such as Gwen Kirkpatrick, Bruno Bosteels, Michelle Clayton or Roberta Quance, touch upon poetry as the discursive link between the subject and the world, the voice and its others, always in a relation with normative social restrictions. For some of the authors, intimacy is a critical perspective; in other cases, it informs their analysis thematically. Intimacy involves an interpellation, not a mere reading that joins together the text and the reader; finally, as the other face of history, poetic intimacy reveals the complexities of enthusiasm and resentment as social affects. Cathy L. Jrade is Chancellor's Professor of Spanish and Chair of the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. Christina Karageorgou-Bastea is Associate Professor of Spanish at Vanderbilt.


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