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Language, Image and Power in Luso-Hispanic Cultural Studies
Theory and Practice

Edited By

Susan Larson

ISBN 9780367480851
Published September 30, 2021 by Routledge
336 Pages 18 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This volume explores the history, evolution, and future of Luso-Hispanic Cultural Studies as a discipline, a pedagogical tool, and a set of working practices by bringing together a diverse group of renowned specialists to examine how the field has grown out of and radically reconsidered some of the basic premises of British Cultural Studies since the 1950s to address the many cultures of the Spanish and Portuguese-speaking world.

The chapters in this volume address

  • How Cultural Studies is being practiced in the increasingly virtual mediascapes of the twenty-first century
  • What happens to basic critical assumptions about culture and power after they have passed through the filter of Post-Colonial and Decolonial Studies of the Luso-Hispanic world
  • How we understand the role of culture in light of recent experiences with radical demographic shifts, populism and civil unrest within Latin America, Iberian and the Latino U.S
  • How new ways of practising Luso-Hispanic Cultural Studies have worked their way into our pedagogy and the structure of the curriculum in the age of the increasingly privatized neoliberal university

Providing keen insight and reflection on these questions, this volume is an essential read for scholars and students of Visual and Film Studies, Latin American and Iberian Studies, Luso-Brazilian Studies, Language and Culture Pedagogy, Global Studies, and for anyone interested in Cultural Studies across the Luso-Hispanic world.

Table of Contents

Luso-Hispanic Cultural Studies Theory and Practice: An Introduction
Susan Larson

Part I. Cultural Studies Theory: New Agendas, Disobedient Genealogies and the Dangers of Institutionalization

1. Latin American Cultural Studies: Accomplishments, Shortcomings, and New Agendas – An Updated Report
Mabel Moraña

2. Cultural Studies in Mexico: Notes Toward a Disobedient Genealogy
Mario Rufer

3. The Non-Place of Theory in Hispanic Cultural Studies
Cristina Moreiras-Menor

Part II. Cultural Studies Practice: Decolonial Strategies and the Power of the Subaltern Classes

4. Prosthetic Columbus: A Critical Cartography of the Monumental Cult of Hispanidad (1892-2020)
Germán Labrador Méndez

5. (Re)Thinking Nature: Between Brazilian Cultural Studies and Ecocriticism
Leila Lehnen

6. Gramsci and Contemporary Spanish Politics 
Steve Marsh

7. Grrrl Zines, Riot Grrrl / Minas do rock, and Feminist Cultural Studies in Brazil
Rebecca Atencio 

8. Mapping the Spaces and Places of Hispanic Urban Cultural Studies
Malcolm A. Compitello

9. The ‘Fierce Urgency of Now’: Luso-Hispanic Cultural Studies, New Technology and the Future of the Profession
Melissa Fitch

10. Telling the Story of Iberian Cultural Studies: Spaces of Convergence and the Defense of the Humanities
William Nichols

11. Luso-Hispanic Culture and Commerce: A Media Perspective
Kenton Wilkinson

Part III. Cultural Studies Pedagogy: Fighting Information Poverty Through Place-Based Projects and Community Engagement

12. For a Cultural Politics of Engagement: Combating Information Poverty In and Out of Class
Palmar Álvarez Blanco and Steven L. Torres

13. Re-Thinking Migration and Human Mobility in Moline’s ‘West End’: Pedagogies of Urban Cultural Studies
Araceli Masterson-Algar and Christopher R. Strunk, with Bradley Dodge, Lizandra Gómez-Ramírez, Irene Mekus And Cindy Morales

14. Biopolitical Monsters in the Classroom: Co-Producing and Sharing Digital Maps
Stephen Luis Vilaseca

15. Challenging Cultures of Power through Cultural Studies and Maker Pedagogies:
An Instructional Conversation
Yerko Sepúlveda


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Susan Larson is the Charles B. Qualia Chair of Romance Languages and Professor of Spanish Literature, Film, and Cultural Studies at Texas Tech University, USA.