Friday, October 05, 2007

Fall 2007 Issue

Hello, MELUS Members,

Welcome to the Fall 2007 Issue. So far the new blog format has allowed users to post comments and make additions to the issue when needed. This provides a more dynamic publishing environment for the sharing of announcements and information among MELUS members. With the blog format, users may also post time-sensitive items such as CFPs or job announcements.

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6th MESEA Conference Announcement & CFP
6th MESEA ConferenceThe Society for Multi-Ethnic Studies: Europe and the AmericasJune 25–28, 2008, Leiden University, The NetherlandsCall for Papers"MIGRATION MATTERS: IMMIGRATION, HOMELANDS, AND BORDER CROSSINGS IN EUROPE AND THE AMERICAS"Largely driven by economics, migration today is a global and globalizing phenomenon that renders national borders obsolete and calls into question the viability of nation states and national identities. Yet precisely because it undermines national structures, migration also has contributed to the reinvention of the historically highly problematic concept of “homelands” and the reconstruction of increasingly impenetrable borders. It is, moreover, in local situations and contexts that the impact of global migration is experienced, debated, and contested most directly and urgently. This conference, then, aims to focus on the ways in which migration matters locally as well as transnationally and globally, in the realms of politics and culture, history and sociology, economics and law, language, literature and the arts in Europe and the Americas.The following list of topics is meant to be suggestive rather than restrictive:► Migration and the reinvention of (national and transnational, real and imaginary) “homelands” and/or the reconstruction of (external and internal, national, ethnic and racial, cultural and mental, political and economic) borders► Global migrations and fluid geographies in terms of physical mappings and shifting populations► Migration and national/ethnic/cultural/aesthetic border crossings► Migration and modernization► Immigration debates in various national contexts► Images of the host countries in countries/continents of migratory origin► Immigration restrictions and human rights; legal and extra-legal status of immigrants► Circulation and impact of migrant peoples and cultures in specific rural and urban spaces; cultural diversity in local societies► New immigrant literatures as world and/or national literature; representation in and impact on regional cultures, literatures, media, and arts► Macrosociological analyses of migration and globalization processes; rethinking the sociology of literature► Cultural production (literature, film, visual art, performance, music, blog-culture, web-art) by or about migrants► Migration and the reinvention of religious identities► Emerging identities/identity fashioning; ethnic refashioning: conflict and/or reconciliation► Historical case studies of migrancy and diaspora; evolving diaspora cultures► Migration and gender► Migration and race/racialization► Forced migration and historical/contemporary slavery or bonded labor►Migration and linguistic diversity►Immigration and educational reformation(s)Please submit three hard copies of a 300-word abstract (including a maximum of five keywords) or full panel proposals (including a description of the panel, chair, respondents, and individual abstracts) as well as an electronic copy to MESEA’s Program Director, Yiorgos Kalogeras, Department of English, Aristotle University, 54124 Thessaloniki, Greece by November 15, 2007: ( Inter/transnational and inter/transdisciplinary proposals and panels will be given preference. Note that MESEA will award two Young Scholars Excellence Awards. For more information:

MELUS Call for Papers
The Ohio State University, Columbus, OhioMELUS: Society for the Study of the Multi-Ethnic Literature of the U.S.Conference Theme: Towards a Confluence of Multi-Ethnic Arts and the UniversityConfirmed Speakers: Luis Rodriguez, Jr., will give a reading and workshop on Thursday, March 27, 2008. Rodriguez is the author of Music of the Mill: A Novel, Always Running: La Vida Loca: Gang Days in L.A., and The Republic of East L.A.: Stories, among other works of poetry and prose.The plenary address will be given jointly by Monica Brown and Guisela Latorre. Brown, Associate Professor of English at Northern Arizona University, is the author of Gang Nation: Delinquent Citizens in Puerto Rican, Chicano, and Chicana Narratives (U of Minnesota P, 2002) and the award-winning author of numerous multicultural children’s books. To learn more about Brown, visit Latorre, Visiting Assistant Professor of Women’s Studies at The Ohio State University, is the author of Walls of Empowerment: Chicana/o Indigenist Murals of California (forthcoming, U of Texas P).We invite paper abstracts and complete panels, workshops, and roundtable proposals on all aspects of the multi-ethnic literatures of the United States. We are interested in proposals for papers that engage with and build bridges between the very real intersections of the creative arts (writing, painting, sculpture, film, comic books, puppetry, etc.) with theory.Submissions should detail requests for specific audiovisual equipment if needed. We also ask that a proposal of a complete panel, roundtable, or workshop include a brief description of the central topic supplemented by brief abstracts of individual speakers’ contributions.Abstracts and proposals (250 words) are invited by the deadline of 15 December 2007. Please e-mail abstracts to: Professor Frederick Aldama: presenters, chairs, and respondents must be members of MELUS. Membership information can be found on the MELUS website: All membership registration must go directly to MELUS, not the conference organizers.Hotel rooms have been set aside at The Blackwell Hotel & Conference Center, 2110 Tuttle Park Place, Columbus, Ohio 43210, Phone: 614-247-4000, Toll Free: 866-247-4003, Fax: 614-247-4040, Mention “MELUS Conference” for the conference rate.The Port Columbus International Airport (CMH) is served by a number of airlines, including Air Canada, American, Continental, Delta, JetBlue, Midwest Connect, Northwest, Skybus, Southwest, United, and US Airways.
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CALL FOR PAPERSAntípodas: Journal of Hispanic Studies Trujillo, Trauma, Testimony: Mario Vargas Llosa, Julia Alvarez, Edwidge Danticat, and other writers on HispaniolaEdited by Marta Caminero-Santangelo (University of Kansas)and Roy C. Boland Osegueda (La Trobe University)Antipodas invites the submission of original papers dealing with literary representations of the era of Rafael Leónidas Trujillo, dictator of the Dominican Republic from 1930-61, for a special issue: "Trujillo, Trauma, Testimony." Manuscripts which consider the novels In the Time of the Butterflies, by Julia Alvarez, The Feast of the Goat, by Mario Vargas Llosa, and The Farming of Bones, by Edwidge Danticat, either singly or in comparison with each other, are especially welcome, as are approaches which employ theories of cultural and historical trauma or of the testimonio genre. Discussions of other literary texts and testimonios representing Trujillo's dictatorship, including the 1937 massacre at his orders of Haitians within the Dominican-Haitian border, are also invited.Articles should be submitted via email as an attachment. Use the title of your paper as the file name of the attachment. A cover letter containing the author’s name, full postal address and e-mail address is required. The format must be in accordance with the standard system of the latest MLA Style Manual. The document must be in Word, Times New Roman, font size 12 (including bibliography, notes and quotes), double spaced, A4 page size with one inch (2.5cm) margins all round. Use only one space after all punctuation. Numbered superscripts and their notes must be manually typed out (do NOT use automatic endnotes or automatic footnotes). Do not use page headers. Use no special formatting and turn off any custom “style” settings. Articles should have a minimum of 4,500 words and not exceed 6,000 words (including footnotes) and can be in English, Spanish or French. Footnotes should be kept to a maximum of 10, and not exceed 5 lines each. Avoid essay-like notes that detract from the primary text. All notes must appear at the end of the article before the bibliography. Please submit articles via email attachment no later than June 30th , 2008. Articles and requests for further information should be sent to both: and is an international, peer-reviewed publication. For further information please visit the website

University of Connecticut English Department and the Institute for African American Studies, Assistant Professorship in English and African American Literature The University of Connecticut English Department and the Institute for African American Studies seek applicants for a tenure track Assistant Professorship in English and African American Literature in fall 2008. Candidates should have a Ph.D. in English with a specialty in African American literature. Successful candidate will teach upper-division and graduate classes in African American Literature and related areas, and on occasion survey and general education courses. The candidate will also develop interdisciplinary courses for the Institute. Teaching load is two courses per year for the English Department and two courses per year for the Institute. Responsibilities will include advising and mentoring students. Promotion and tenure is decided by the English Department in consultation with the Institute. Minimum Qualifications: Completed Ph.D. by 8/23/08. Record of, or strong potential for, distinguished scholarship and effective teaching at the graduate/undergraduate levels; the ability to interact with faculty/administrators in the English Department and the Institute.
Salary: Competitive. Submit complete application: cover letter, CV, three letters of recommendation, evidence of teaching experience and a 15-25 page writing sample to Robert Tilton, Head, Department of English, AFAM Search, 215 Glenbrook Road, U-4025, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT, 06269-4025 by November 9, 2007. Consideration of candidates will begin on November 9 and continue until the position is filled. The University of Connecticut actively solicits applications from minorities, women, and people with disabilities. Robin Worley, Business Manager, English Department, University of Connecticut, 215 Glenbrook Rd., Unit 4025, Storrs, CT 06269-4025, Tel. 860-486-2169, Fax. 860-486-1530
Position: Open rank Professorship in United States Literature 1870-Present.
Responsibilities: Responsibilities will include teaching undergraduate and graduate courses, serving on dissertation committees, directing dissertations, and actively participating in the department.
Qualifications: We are especially seeking expertise in one or more of the following fields: African-American literature; U.S. Modernisms and their 19th-century antecedents; Contemporary U.S. literature (especially poetry); Literature of the American West/Literature of California/Pacific Rim Literature; New Media and/or Technocultural Studies; and U.S. dramatic literature. A record of publication is required for senior appointments and highly desirable for junior appointments.
Starting Date: Fall Quarter, 2008
Salary: Commensurate with experience and rank
General Information: The Department of English offers an excellent environment for scholars at all stages of their careers. The teaching load is four courses per year, on a quarter system; all members of the faculty are eligible for sabbatical leave on a regular basis. The University of California at Davis is one of the ten general campuses of the University of California; it is situated in a town of 65,000 people, an hour and half from San Francisco and two hours from Lake Tahoe.
Applications: Applications should be sent to Elizabeth Freeman, Chair of the Search Committee, Department of English, One Shields Ave., University of California, Davis, CA 95616.
Applicants should submit: a letter of application, a curriculum vitae, a writing sample (20-25 pp.), and a dossier that contains three or four letters of support.
Application Deadline: Position is open until filled. For full consideration applications must be postmarked by November 9, 2007.
UC Davis is an affirmative action/equal employment opportunity employer and is dedicated to recruiting a diverse faculty community. We welcome all qualified applicants to apply, including women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and veterans.
Assistant Professor of English and Ethnic Studies: U.S.Latina/Latino and Chicana/Chicano Literature, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Requisition # 070736
Position: The Department of English seeks a specialist in U.S. Latina/Latino literatures, including Chicana/Chicano literatures (late nineteenth century to contemporary) for a tenure-track appointment in English and Ethnic Studies at the assistant professor level, beginning August 2008. Scholar-teachers whose scope of inquiry encompasses transnational networks of discourse and publication are encouraged to apply. We particularly welcome applications from candidates with secondary interests in immigrant literatures, queer theory and/or film. Faculty at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln have a strong commitment to both scholarship and teaching. Candidates for this position should be actively engaged in scholarly research and writing and prepared to teach literature courses to undergraduates and graduate students. Qualifications: PhD by May, 2008, a record of excellent teaching, and an active research program.
To be considered for the position applicants must complete the Faculty/Administrative Information Form at, requisition 070736. Then send letter of application and curriculum vitae to Amelia M.L. Montes, Recruitment Chair, Department of English, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, PO Box 880333, 545 N 14th St., Lincoln, NE 68588-0333. For information about the application process, contact Professor Montes; for information about the position, contact Professor Susan Belasco, or 402-472-1857. Review of Applications will begin November 2, 2007 and continue until a suitable candidate is found. The University of Nebraska is committed to a pluralistic campus community through affirmative action and equal opportunity and is responsive to the needs of dual career couples. We assure reasonable accommodation under the American with Disabilities Act: Contact Professor Montes at 402-472-8291 for assistance.
Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, invites applications from a scholar with expertise in postcolonial theory and literature
The Newark campus of Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, invites applications from a scholar with expertise in postcolonial theory and literature. The ideal candidate for this tenure track Assistant Professor position in the English Department will have a specialist’s knowledge in the literature of South Asia and/or Africa.
Record of publication desirable. The position will involve teaching on the undergraduate and graduate level. The distinctive features of our programs reflect the strength of the institution and its urban setting; for the last decade we have been designated the most diverse research university in the nation. Relevant University programs and institutes include a new M.F.A. in creative writing, and a new Ph.D. in American Studies, the Institute on Ethnicity, Culture and the Modern Experience, the Center for Global Change and Governance, and the Joseph C. Cornwall Center for Metropolitan Studies.
A Ph.D. is required by September 2008. Interested candidates should send a letter of application, a curriculum vitae, and three letters of reference by November 1 to: Professor Fran Bartkowski, Acting Chair, Department of English, Hill Hall 501, Rutgers University, Newark NJ 07102. Rutgers University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer, and especially welcomes applications from women and minorities.
American Literature Position Description, University of New Orleans, English Department, Assistant Professor
Tenure track, to begin fall 2008. Seeking an Americanist in modern and/or contemporary literary and cultural studies with a specialization in one or more of the following areas: African-American literature, New Orleans or Louisiana literature, and literature of the Americas. Additional interest in gender studies also desirable. Ph.D. in English or other appropriate field required; publications desirable. Position involves teaching historical surveys and developing upper-division and graduate courses in the area(s) of specialization, as well as contributing to new interdisciplinary initiatives on campus. 3-course load per semester; salary competitive. Selected candidates will be invited to visit the city and the university, both of which have faced challenges in the aftermath of Katrina but which are now well on the road to recovery. Many of the city's most beautiful neighborhoods were largely untouched by the storm and remain safe, stable communities. The levees have been rebuilt and new hurricane protection measures have been implemented. New Orleans continues to be a culturally unique and stimulating environment that provides myriad research opportunities for a scholar interested in African-American, hemispheric, or local literary cultures. The UNO campus suffered only moderate damage; university enrollment is stable, new funding from the state is now available, and many departments have been encouraged to hire new faculty and develop new programs. The English Department will participate in interdisciplinary initiatives on campus and seeks a candidate eager to help us grow as a department and university. Will interview at MLA December 2007; women and minorities especially encouraged to apply. Send letter and CV by November 2 to Peter Schock, Chair, Department of English, University of New Orleans, New Orleans, LA 70148. AA/EOE
Department: English
Effective Date of Appointment: August 20, 2008
Rank: Assistant Professor
Salary: $51,024 - $62,000
Tenure Track (Subject to Budgetary Approval)
Early American Literature and Culture
Qualifications: Candidates should have a PhD in English, or in a related field, awarded prior to August 20, 2008, with a specialization in Early American Literature and Culture. Secondary area in Nineteenth-Century American literature desirable. Additional areas of expertise may include transatlantic Eighteenth-Century literatures; ethnic studies; cultural studies and/or critical theory. Evidence of teaching effectiveness and potential for successful research, publication, and other scholarly/professional/creative activities required, with publication in field of specialization desirable. All faculty in the Department of English are encouraged to teach a variety of courses and can expect to teach General Education courses, as well as graduate and undergraduate courses in their field. CSUN is a Learning Centered University, distinguished by well-established programs in ethnic and gender studies, with a diverse student population drawn largely from the Los Angeles area. The successful candidate will be expected to join faculty and staff in serving this diverse student body through a commitment to active learning, to the assessment of learning outcomes, and to multiple pathways to graduation. At time of appointment, the successful candidate, if not a U.S. citizen, must have authorization from the Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services to work in the United States. Evidence of degree(s) required at time of hire. Responsibilities: The University especially seeks individuals who will contribute to both their chosen disciplines and the University’s commitment to teacher preparation and general education. All faculty are expected to serve on departmental and/or university committees and to advise students. The standard teaching load at Northridge is 12 units per semester, although reassigned time is available for research and/or curriculum development on a competitive basis. Application Deadline: Primary consideration will be given to applications received by November 30, 2007. Selected applicants will be interviewed at MLA. Send letter of application, c.v., brief writing sample, three letters of recommendation/dossier to: Chair, Search and Screen Committee Department of English California State University, Northridge Northridge, CA 91330-8248 General Information: California State University, Northridge, long known for the intellectual, social and cultural relevance of its 200 academic programs and engaged centers, embraces both innovation – in community service and hands-on experience – and rigor. A minority serving university in a globally diverse region, it is a national leader in preparing teachers for K-12 and first generation college students for graduate studies. 1,700 of its 34,000 students are international. Located in the San Fernando Valley, with 1.8 million people, Cal State Northridge is a park-like campus, 20 miles northwest of downtown Los Angeles. Cal State Northridge is a welcoming university; we value accessibility, academic excellence and student achievement. For more information about the University, check our website: In compliance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, California State University, Northridge has made crime-reporting statistics available on-line at Print copies are available in the library and by request from the Office of Public Safety and the Office of Faculty Affairs. Applicants who wish to request accommodations for a disability may contact the Office of Equity and Diversity, (818) 677-2077. The university is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, marital status, age, disability, disabled veteran or Vietnam-era veteran status.
Cultural Studies with an Emphasis in LiteratureTenure-Track(REVISED**)
The Chicana and Chicano Studies Department at Cal State Fullerton is undergoing a period of rapid, planned growth. The campus is a federally designated Hispanic Serving Institution (Title V) and sixth in the nation in graduating Hispanics with bachelor's degrees. We seek a highly motivated, collegial individual to teach courses, conduct research, and develop curriculum in the areas of Chicano and Spanish-American Literature, preferably with a focus on gender. Position (Teaching & Research)The Department is interested in reviewing applications from candidates whose interdisciplinary work focuses on race, class and gender within the following areas: Cultural/Ethnic Studies, Mexican Literature, Chicana/o Literature, Comparative Literature, and Spanish American Literature. Teaching responsibilities include courses such as: "Chicana/o Literature," "Main Trends in Spanish American Literature," Mexican Heritage," and "Mexican Literature Since 1940." This position will also require the faculty member to teach courses like: "Introduction to Chicano Studies," "Introduction to Ethnic Studies," and "Communication Skills." Faculty will have opportunities to develop new courses in their specialties. Positive tenure and promotion decisions require excellent teaching, research resulting in peer-reviewed publications, and participation in the broader intellectual community. Faculty members are responsible for advising undergraduate students and student organizations, as well as participating in departmental and university committees. Substantive research domains are open, but relevant concentrations include: cultural politics/empowerment, global feminisms, poverty/labor, race, community & family, Mexican history, human rights/social justice, border studies - immigration. Applications whose work emphasizes transnational, international, and/or critical perspectives between Chicana/o and other Latina/o populations are particularly welcome.
QualificationsRequired: PhD (advanced ABD's considered) in Chicana/o Studies, Ethnic Studies, American Studies/Civilization, Women's Studies, or other similar interdisciplinary degree programs; or in more traditional areas such as Anthropology, History, Spanish, English, Rhetoric, Comparative Literature, Religious Studies, Philosophy, or other similar disciplinary degree programs with a focus in Chicana/o Studies and/or Ethnic Studies.
Doctorate completed by August 2008. If ABD, please have your dissertation chair provide a letter indicating your progress to date and detailing a timeline to completion. Strong commitment to excellence in student-centered teaching and in research. Ability to work effectively with a wide and culturally diverse range of students and faculty. A genuine interest in becoming part of an energetic faculty team dedicated to conducting community-oriented research and enhancing student learning.
**Also desirable: Diverse theoretical perspectives and methodological approaches including: cultural and literary analysis, critical ethnographies, critical race theory, feminist epistemologies, narrative, testimonials, and autobiography
Rank and SalaryThe position is at the rank of Assistant Professor, tenure-track. Salary is highly competitive and commensurate with rank, experience, and qualifications. Periodic salary adjustments are enacted by the state legislature. Additional teaching opportunities during summer are frequently available. An excellent comprehensive benefits package is available which includes: health/vision/dental plans, spouse, domestic partner, and/or dependent fee waiver, access to campus child-care as well as affordable housing programs, and a generous defined benefit retirement (pension plan) through the state system, as well as optional tax-sheltering opportunities. For a detailed description of benefits, go to Job Control Number23603G-08-005 Appointment DateAugust 2008
Application Procedure: Your dossier for the position must include a letter of application describing teaching philosophy and experience as well as research interests and accomplishments, curriculum vitae, evidence of teaching excellence, graduate transcripts, and three current letters of recommendation addressing your teaching and research. Candidates should also include a writing sample and, optionally, a sample syllabus.
Please send all materials to: Chicana/o Search Committee Department of Chicana and Chicano StudiesCalifornia State University, FullertonP.O. Box 6868Fullerton, CA 92834-6868 Application DeadlineTo receive full consideration, please submit your application materials by February 12, 2008. The search committee will then begin reviewing applications and continue its review until the position is filled.
Cal State Fullerton is an Equal Opportunity/Title IX/503/504/VEVRA/ADA Employer Achieving A Climate of Success Through Diversity & Equity
California State University, Fullerton is a large, comprehensive, urban university with approximately 2,108 full- and part-time faculty and a diverse student body of approximately over 37,130. The university offers a broad spectrum of programs, with 55 baccalaureate and 50 master's degrees in liberal arts and sciences and in applied and professional fields and a joint doctorate in education. Learning is preeminent at Cal State Fullerton. We combine the best qualities of teaching and research universities where actively engaged students, faculty and staff work in close collaborations to expand knowledge. Research and other creative activities are enhanced by the proximity of the campus to nationally recognized business, cultural, and educational institutions. Faculty members were awarded more than $16.2 million in grants and contracts for research and scholarly activities in 2006-07. The university has a longstanding tradition of collegial governance. Cal State Fullerton is strongly committed to achieving excellence through cultural diversity. We are ranked 7th in the nation in terms of baccalaureate degrees awarded to minorities. In addition to meeting fully its obligations under federal and state law, Cal State Fullerton is committed to creating a community in which a diverse population can live, work and learn in an atmosphere of tolerance, civility and respect for the rights and sensibilities of each individual. To that end, all qualified individuals will receive equal consid-eration without regard to economic status, race, ethnicity, color, religion,, national origin or cultural background, political views, sex or sexual orientation, disability or Veteran's status or other personal characteristics or beliefs.
Assistant Professor Rhetoric/Composition and Director of Freshman Composition
Plattsburgh State University of New York invites applications for a full-timetenure-track assistant professorship in Rhetoric/Composition that includesdirectorship of the first-year composition program. Start date: fall 2008. Earned doctorate by appointment date. Ideal candidates will have English Ph.D. in Rhetoric/Composition or related field with teaching and someadministrative experience, especially in the areas of placement testing,assessment, and mentoring composition faculty. WAC/WID useful. Secondaryinterest is open but could include writing, literature and English Education. 2/2 teaching load with compensated summer responsibilities. Teaching first-year writing and other courses commensurate with expertise, includingGeneral Education and upper-division courses. University service andscholarship in rhetoric/composition required.SUNY College at Plattsburgh is an equal opportunity employer committed toexcellence through diversity.Review of applications begins November 5 and continues until the position isfilled. Original transcripts will be required prior to the start ofemployment. Please submit cover letter specifically addressing this position,curriculum vitae, scholarly writing sample (as MS-WORD document and/or hardcopy), and three letters of reference to Chair, Search Committee (PJ# 4853),c/o Human Resource Services, SUNY Plattsburgh, 101 Broad Street, Plattsburgh,NY 12901-2681.
English Education/Language Arts Position
The English Department of the State University of New York College atPlattsburgh invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track position inEnglish Education/Language Arts for Fall 2008. Our program in English LanguageArts is one of three study options in the English Department. We offer a strongfoundation in the content area of English with a focus in Education andinnovative English Language Arts methodology for the preparation of AdolescenceEducation teachers.Qualifications: Ph.D. or Ed.D. in English or English Education awarded by August2008. Publication or promise of sustained scholarly activity and commitment touniversity service are required. Evidence of successful college and/orsecondary school teaching will be highly regarded. Teaching interests outsideof specialization will be considered and should be included in the coverletter. Familiarity with national accreditation standards is a plus.Responsibilities: 3/3 teaching load includes courses from the following areas:methods in teaching composition, literature, and language arts;composition/writing; general education; core curriculum in the major; andupper-division literature. University service and ELA scholarship required.SUNY College at Plattsburgh is an equal opportunity employer committed toexcellence through diversity.Review of applications begins November 5 and continues until the position isfilled. Original transcripts will be required prior to the start ofemployment. Please submit cover letter specifically addressing this position,curriculum vitae, scholarly writing sample (as MS-WORD document and/or hardcopy), and three letters of reference to Chair, Search Committee (PJ# 4854),c/o Human Resource Services, SUNY Plattsburgh, 101 Broad Street, Plattsburgh,NY 12901-2681.

On Latinidad: U.S. Latino Literature and the Construction of Ethnicity Marta Caminero-Santangelo Details: 6x9 Cloth: $59.95 ISBN 13: 978-0-8130-3083-8 Pubdate: 9/30/2007 Publisher: University Press of Florida Overview: "From the early pages, in which Caminero-Santangelo asks us to explore stories of collective identity implicit in the social construction of Latino-ness, to the conclusion, which breaks through much of the confusion by calling on her readers to think about latinidad as commitment, Caminero-Santangelo gives us something weighty to chew on practically every page, and all of it in her smart, lucid, elegant prose."--Debra A. Castillo, Cornell University "On Latinidad deals with complex issues in a very sophisticated, critical way. It is useful to scholars working outside the field as an introduction, not only to the background and contexts of Latino Literatures, but also to the current debates, trends, and directions in the field."--Delia M. Poey, Florida State University This is the first book to address head-on the question of how Latino/a literature wrestles with the pan-ethnic and trans-racial implications of the "Latino" label.Refusing to take latinidad (Latino-ness) for granted, Marta Caminero-Santangelo lays the groundwork for a sophisticated understanding of the various manifestations of "Latino" identity. She examines texts by prominent Chicano/a, Dominican American, Puerto Rican, and Cuban American writers--including Julia Alvarez, Cristina García, Achy Obejas, Piri Thomas, and Ana Castillo--and concludes that a pre-existing "group" does not exist. The author instead argues that much recent Latino/a literature presents a vision of tentative, forged solidarities in the service of particular and sometimes even local struggles. She shows that even magical realism can figure as a threat to collectivity, rather than as a signifier of it, because magical connections--to nature, between characters, and to Latin American origins--can undermine efforts at solidarity and empowerment.In the author's close reading of both fictional and cultural narratives, she suggests the possibility that Latino identity may be even more elastic than the authors under question recognize.Marta Caminero-Santangelo is associate professor of English at the University of Kansas. Jennie Carter: A Black Journalist of the Early West Edited by Eric Gardner (University Press of Mississippi, October 2007, $50) In June 1867, the San Francisco Elevator—one of the nation's premier Black weekly newspapers during Reconstruction—began publishing articles by a Black Californian calling herself "Ann J. Trask" and later "Semper Fidelis." Her real name was Jennie Carter (1830-1881), and the Elevator would print her essays, columns, and poems for seven years. Her work considers California and national politics, race and racism, women's rights and suffrage, temperance, morality, education, and a host of other issues, all from the point of view of an unabashedly strong African American woman. Recovering Carter's work from obscurity, sharing biographical information on Carter, and placing her columns and her life in rich historical and literary context, this volume represents one of the most exciting bodies of extant work by an African American journalist before the twentieth century. ISBN-10: 1934110108 ISBN-13: 978-1934110102 For more information, visit or email
Complicating Constructions: Race, Ethnicity, and Hybridity in American Texts
MELUS members David S. Goldstein and Audrey B. Thacker have published Complicating Constructions: Race, Ethnicity, and Hybridity in American Texts (Univ. of Washington Press), a co-edited volume featuring essays from several other MELUS members. It is available to individuals and libraries at David S. Goldstein, Ph.D., Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences, University of Washington, 18115 Campus Way NE, Box 358530, Bothell, WA, 98011-8246,
Latino Sun, Rising: Our Spanish-Speaking U.S. World by Marco Portales Now that Latinos are the most numerous ethnic minority in the United States and a growing part of the middle and professional classes, a Mexican American educator takes stock. Latinos can see that their sun is rising. Marco Portales knows; his life has been lived under that rising sun.
In the compelling details of a life truly lived—and a balanced, lively intellect that articulates itself in a society that often asks people such as him to choose between their American and Mexican identities—Portales inscribes himself into his people’s experience. At the same time, he remains fully aware—and helps raise our awareness—that no one person’s story can embody and represent the ancestral histories and the great worth and potential of all U.S. Latinos. MARCO PORTALES, a professor of English at Texas A&M, holds a Ph.D. from the State University of New York at Buffalo. He is the author of a number of works, including the book Crowding Out Latinos. $19.95 6x9. 272 pp. Texas A&M University Press To place an order please call 800-826-8911 or visit To request a desk copy please fill out and submit the classroom adoption form found at


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