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Book Review: The Year 200

The Year 200 by Agustín de Rojas Translated by Nick Caistor and Hebe Powell Published July 12, 2016 Restless Books There’s a reason that Agustín de Rojas is described as the grandfather of Cuban science fiction. I read all 500+ pages of The Year 200, in an excellent new English translation by Nick

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Experimental technology and digital pedagogy

Digital pedagogy – the use of digital tools in the humanities classroom – has gotten a lot of attention lately, especially from those of us whose work overlaps with the digital humanities. Under this broad umbrella fall a wide variety of teaching strategies, from the use of Prezi and Powerpoint to

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Esta firma es la original

Deep in the archives of the Massachusetts Historical Society, in Box 22 of the William Hickling Prescott papers, is a folder called «Notes in Spanish.» Inside the folder is a collection of manuscripts, written in a variety of hands. A scrap of paper containing a list of common Latin phrases. A list of «libros

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Dissertation Spotlight: Dr. Roanne Kantor

Aerial view of the Brandeis Campus. Photo by Joseph Melanson.

This interview is part of a series profiling recent UT graduates specializing in Latin American literature. Today’s interview features Dr. Roanne Kantor, a recent PhD in comparative literature and long-time contributor to Pterodáctilo. You can reach her at roannekantor@brandeis.edu. Tell us briefly about your work! My research explores relationships between Latin American

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Conference Report: ADE – STS 2015

Image shows a hand-written manuscript with digital markup superimposed.

This article is part of our series on academic conferences. To report on a conference you attended, email halperta@gmail.com. Name: Hannah Alpert-Abrams Conference name: The Joint Conference of the Association for Documentary Editing and the Society for Textual Scholarship Location, date: Lincoln, Nebraska, May 2015 Panel title, moderator: Problems in

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Brazilian Filmmaker Gabriel Mascaro visits Austin

Celebrated Brazilian Filmmaker Gabriel Mascaro will be visiting Austin, Texas for three exciting events this week. On Monday at 7:30, the Austin Film Society will present a screening of Ventos de Agosto (2014), Mascaro’s first feature narrative film, followed by a Q&A with the director, mediated by UT professor Jason Borge. The

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Pterodactilo Bloggers At Large

Did you know that in addition to being talented bloggers, the writers at Revista Pterodáctilo are active scholars? If you’re intrigued by what you’ve read on the Pterodáctilo blog, consider following up with some of these academic articles produced by our writers in the past year: Adriana Pacheco has published two

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Colaboradora Invitada: Dra Gabriela Polit, Aeropuertos

Aeropuerto de Tocumen Panama

Invitamos a Dra. Gabriela Polit, profesora en el programa de español y portuguesa, a escribir sobre sus viajes de investigación. Aeropuertos es la primera de dos contribuciones. Más allá del anonimato y del movimiento de las ruedas que producen un equivocado sonido a tren cuando siguen la carrera diligente de los hombres,

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Si tengo suerte

31. POETITOS el que esté libre de influencias que tire la primera metáfora 31. POETITOS he who is free of influences let him throw the first metaphor I don’t know how I first heard about the Taller Martín Pescador. It may have been while reading the Primeros Libros blog, which

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Una llovizna de minúsculas flores

Entonces entraron al cuarto de José Arcadio Buendía, lo sacudieron con todas sus fuerzas, le gritaron al oído, le pusieron un espejo frente a las fosas nasales, pero no pudieron despertarlo. Poco después, cuando el carpintero le tomaba las medidas para el ataúd, vieron a través de la ventana que

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Crossing Disciplines

In my last post, I wrote about the limits of academic writing, and asked what to do when scholarly forms are insufficient. This week, inspired by a talk by Elijah Meeks at the TXDHC conference (that’s «Texas Digital Humanities Consortium conference), I am writing about interloping. What do you do when

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New Digital Tools from TXDHC

I just got back from the TXDHC conference (that’s «Texas Digital Humanities Consortium conference») hosted by the University of Houston last week. I wrote some thoughts it provoked in a companion post. Here, I want to share some of the tools I discovered: 1. Neogeography: I got this term from

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Experiments in Scholarly Writing

A Map is Not A Territory

This week I’ve had two encounters with scholars that push the boundaries of academic expression in favor of creative or experimental forms. Over the weekend I read UT professor Ann Czvetkovich’s Depression: A Public Feeling. The book is part memoir, part scholarly work – what Jill Dolan calls a “critical memoir.”

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Some Good Reads

oNE OF THE BEST BOOK IHAVE EVER READ July 24, 2003 Thomas San Diego and Points unknown Aztec (Mass Market Paperback) While underway on an US Submarine I picked this book up from the ship’s library and literally could not put it down until I was finished!! When I was

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Pterodactilo Goes Digital

N. Katherine Hayles, known for her interdisciplinary work in posthumanism and digital humanities, is coming to speak at the GRACLS2013 conference this Friday (October 11, 5:30pm). Her talk will be the keynote address for the conference, which will also feature more than ten papers on topics related to Latin America, including Chilean Libros

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Rarified Books

Just back from a week at the California Rare Books School at UCLA, I have been thinking about the love of books. I have been thinking about the physical beauty of the object itself, about the pleasure we get when we hold in our hands a rough cloth binding or

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CFP: GRACLS 2013

As one of the comparative literature representatives on the Pterodactilo team, I hope that all the bloggers and readers out there are considering submitting abstracts to GRACLS 2013, the tenth annual graduate conference in comparative literature at UT Austin. For this year’s conference, «What We Read,» we are asking for

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Building a BorgesBot

Borges never went so far as to write about artificially generated prose, but there is something Borgesian about the concept. That’s why I think my newest foray into computer coding is particularly appropriate. It’s a program that generates fake Borges stories, like this one: Según secreto Erlord , para simular

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