¿Qué hacen los nuevos americanistas?
Collaborative strategies for a postnationalist American Studies
Author: Irwin, Robert McKee
Source: Comparative American Studies, Volume 2, Number 3, August 2004 , pp. 303-323(21)
Publisher: Maney Publishing
Abstract:This article advocates that the field of American Studies institutionalize Spanish as its second language in order both to address the cultural importance of the growing US Spanish-speaking population and to ensure productive scholarly dialogue within the context of the Americas. Its ideas follow up on recent proposals for 'new' or 'postnationalist' American Studies. It warns that Americanists must be conscious of unresolved issues raised in recent debates on Latin Americanism regarding the increasingly privileged status of English (vs. Spanish) language and US (vs. Latin America) based scholarship in the globalized field of Latin American Studies, problems sure to be exacerbated by a globalizing but US centered and monolingual American Studies. It concludes by suggesting a series of strategies to promote the incorporation of Spanish into both undergraduate and graduate level pedagogy, as well as to foment bilingual scholarly dialogue across the disciplines in the context of the Americas.
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: 2004-08-01