This book depicts new paradigms in Hispanic linguistic, literary and cultural studies. Part I: Literary and Cultural Studies includes eight essays focusing on a new trend of cultural representation attempting to find new meaning(s). They explore a series of reflections on some of those moments - from the period that begins with the cry for independence in 1810 and that spans beyond 2010 - textually translated as new approaches of analysis on the recollections of things to come. The contexts examined evince critical occurrences related to periods of change toward democracy and social justice that eventually lead to revolutionary or emancipating ends, by way of artistic, textual manifestations. Part II: Linguistic and Cultural Studies contains nine articles representative of the most current, ground breaking research on Hispanic linguistics. It focuses on important linguistic and cultural issues pertaining, geographically, to various corners of the Hispanic world, spanning from central Florida and New York City, to Bolivia, and on to the Prince Islands in Turkey. The issues explored include the sociolinguistic and cultural identity of Puerto Ricans in the United States, the pragmatics of humor in Mexican film, the effects of language evolution on modern Spanish, and the acquisition of Spanish by English speakers.
About the Author: Alejandro Cortazar is Associate Professor of Latin American Literature and Culture at Louisiana State University, USA. His research examines issues of emancipation, nationhood, and ethnic and cultural identity formation. He is the author of Reforma, novela y nacion: Mexico en el siglo XIX (2006), Priests and Caudillos in the Novel of the Mexican Nation (2007), and many other works on 19th- and 20th-century Hispanic America. Rafael Orozco is Assistant Professor of Spanish Linguistics at Louisiana State University, USA. His research explores language variation and change in Colombian Spanish. He is co-editor of Colombian Varieties of Spanish (forthcoming). His articles have appeared in Revista Internacional de Linguistica Iberoamericana (RILI), Spanish in Context, and Linguistica as well as in several edited collections.