Assistant Professor of Mexican/Latin American History Monica Rankin's book "¡México, la patria! Propaganda and Production during World War II" was released in December. In the book, Monica examines the pervasive domestic and foreign propaganda strategies in Mexico during World War II and their impact on Mexican culture, charting the evolution of these campaigns through popular culture, advertisements, art, and government publications throughout the war and beyond. In particular, she shows how World War II allowed the wartime government of Ávila Camacho to justify an aggressive industrialization program following the Mexican Revolution. Finally, tracing how the American government's wartime propaganda laid the basis for a long-term effort to shape Mexican attitudes toward the country’s neighbor to the north, "¡México, la patria!" reveals the increasing influence of American culture on the development of Mexico's postwar identity.
Ming Dong Gu
Ming Dong Gu's recent publications include a book, "The Anxiety of Originality: Multiple Approaches to Language, Literature, and Cultural Studies" (Nanjing: Nanjing University Press, 2009). pp. 348; and four journal articles: "Everyone’s Confucius, All Readers' Analects," Journal of Chinese Philosophy, 37.1 (2010): 34-47, "The Theory of the Dao and Taiji: A Chinese Model of the Mind," Journal of Chinese Philosophy, 36.1 (2009): 155-173, "From Yuanqi (Primal Energy) to Wenqi (Literary Pneuma): A Philosophical Study of A Chinese Aesthetic," Philosophy East & West, 59.1 (2009): 23-46, and "Elucidation of Images in the Book of Changes: Language Philosophy and Hermeneutics," Journal of Sun Yan-sen University, vol. 49, no. 4 (2009): 1-14. Gu was also invited to be a special consultant for "The Norton Anthology of Theory and Criticism," which made a landmark decision to include theorists from non-Western traditions. He recommended Chinese theorist Li Zehou to the anthology, selected one article by him, edited it, wrote an introductory headnote, and compiled an annotated bibliography of his complete works. Another article by Gu, "The Filial Piety Complex: Variations of the Oedipus Theme in Chinese Literature and Culture," formerly published in Psychoanalytic Quarterly, is anthologized in "Freud And The Far East: Psychoanalytic Perspectives On The People And Culture Of China, Japan, And Korea" (edited by Salman Akhtar, 2009), 115-126.
Sean Cotter's translation, from Romanian, of Liliana Ursu's "Lightwall" has received two distinctions: it won the 2009 PEN Southwest Book Award for Translation, and it was shortlisted for the 2010 Three Percent Best Translated Poetry Book Award.
Dr. Zsuzsanna Ozsváth has two works coming out soon: "When the Danube Ran Red," which will be published this summer by Syracuse University Press; and an article, "Budapest Is Burning," which will be published in May 2010, in "The Sewanee Review."
Dr. Susan Briante's essay "Casino, Asbury Park, NJ" has been published in the journal "Rethinking History" (Vol 14, No. 1). A selection of her poems from the forthcoming chapbook "The Market is a Parasite that Looks Like a Nest" have been published in the on-line journal "Connotation Press". A selection of Briante's poems that track the closing number of the Dow Jones Industrial Average are forthcoming in the new issue of "Cannibal," and some of her translations of the Uruguayan poet Marosa di Giorgio appear in the latest issues of the journals "Mandorla" and "Translation Review."
Briante's poem "A Letter to a Former Presidential Candidate" has been published in the anthology "Starting Today: Poems for Obama's First 100 Days" (Univ. of Iowa Press). She read in support of the anthology at the Associated Writing Programs conference on April 10 in Denver. She has also been just been awarded a fellowship by the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts
(VCCA). The VCCA is located near Sweet Briar College in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Briante will be among the approximately 25 fellows focusing on their own creative projects at this working retreat for visual artists, writers and composers.
Robert X. Rodríguez
G. Schirmer has recently published new editions of Robert X. Rodríguez's "Semi-Suite" and "Tango di Tango".