Winter Issue 2 | New Spaces


Read more about the new approach taken by the graduate journal of the Latin American & Iberian Cultures Department at Columbia University and this issue's authors Rocio Rødtjer, Anna Katnelson, Candace Cunard & Jessica Sequeira

This Winter issue inaugurates a new editorial line from which Singladuras will work as a laboratory for young scholars and writers to share and develop their ideas. The magazine will elicit both high-calibre research essays and reviews and reflections on professionalization in graduate school (teaching, editorial work, conferences, dissertation writing, etc). We hope to reach a wider network of professionals in both humanities and social sciences within and beyond the academia, as well as to help graduate students  positioning their training for non-academic jobs.

This issue covers a broad range of topics, offering original ideas in Transatlantic Studies, teaching race and gender, and fictional narratives. All these pieces of work use the metaphor of space to reframe and to create new conversations in academic and artistic spheres.

Rocio Rødtjer (at Kings College, London) reviews Pura Fernández’s edited book No hay Nación para este Sexo: La Re(d)pública transatlántica de las Letras: escritoras españolas y latinoamericanas (1824-1936). Fernández reframes women writers from Spain, United States, and Latin America in cultural and political currents from the second half of the nineteenth century until the early twentieth century. Fernández’s assemblage, Rødtjer remarks, problematized the concept of domestic ideology, challenging the binary division between the public and the private space. A similar turn in questioning binarism is taken by the Columbia PhD student Candace Cunard, who has taught “Gender, Race, and Jane Austen” to high school students, female students at a summer camp. Based on this experience, she aims to move away from praising feminism to the ‘uncomfortable’ space of discussing politics together with historical analysis.

We also inaugurate a new space in Singladuras open to publishing short works of creative writing. In this fall issue we are proud to present two short stories by writer and Professor Anna Katsnelson: “A Parent’s Work is Never Done” and “The Transcript Copy.” Ana’s two stories, which were loosely based on Anton Chekhov’s early fiction, speak to  a 21st century audience, where, for example, the sexual drives and the adultery conflicts in the original have been replaced with today’s technological obsession.

Ultimately, the interview with the Argentinian writer Carlos Gamerro by Jessica Sequeira grapples with real events that transform themselves into, in Sequeira’s words, “a madness of invention.” However, as Gamerro remarks, he always dives into the historical reality from events that seem mad that imagination all alone would not be capable of articulating. The interview is a precious reflection on the links between history and fiction in a new contemporary space.

With this Winter Issue, Singladuras opens new horizons and establishes itself as an interdisciplinary space for reflection and creation.


Rocío Rødtjer recently received her PhD from King’s College London with the thesis ‘Whose Ancestral Line Is It Anyway: Women, Legitimacy and the Nineteenth-Century Genealogical Imagination’, which explores the concept of family and its ancestral logic as a central metaphor that lends cohesion and cultural homogeneity to the nationalist project.

Her main area of interest is fin-de-siècle Spain, and she has published on the Gothic incursions in the Spanish literary landscape of this period, as well as the relationship between scientific discourse and Catholicism. Additionally, she has an upcoming chapter on the more oblique strategies employed by Spanish women to influence politics before they were granted the vote. She holds also holds an M.A. in Translation and Linguistics and has worked as a translator and editor.

Anna Katsnelson immigrated to New York from Leningrad in 1989 when she was 10 year old. In 2011 Anna received her Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the University of Texas at Austin. Her dissertation “Ethnic Passing across the Jewish Literary Diaspora” is an interdisciplinary, transnational study that examines history, culture, and literature. The dissertation shows that sociological identification with the hegemonic group and nativist influences in the United States, Brazil, and the USSR, led a number of ethnically Jewish writers, to create a literature which was completely devoid of ethnic markers. In 2007-2008 Anna was a Fulbright IIE Scholar to Brazil. In 2014 she organized a two day conference, The New Wave of Russian Jewish Cultural Production, at Columbia University. Anna is currently co-editing, with David Shneer, a special issue of the Journal of East European Jewish Affairs, The New Wave of Russian-Jewish-American Culture, it will be published in winter 2016. EEJA is published three times a year by Routledge Press, and is a collaborative publication of the University of Colorado Boulder, the University of Toronto, and Hebrew University of Jerusalem’s Nevzlin Center. Anna teaches in the English Department at Medgar Evers College, CUNY and writes about theater for The Jewish Daily Forward. She is finishing her first novel. Anna will be teaching a course at Columbia in spring 2017 at the Harriman institute, it will be called “The Russian American Experience”.

Candace Cunard is a doctoral candidate in the Department of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia, where she is in the final stages of researching and writing a dissertation entitled “Feeling Time: Narrative and Emotion in the Eighteenth-Century British Novel.”

Jessica Sequeira is a writer living in Buenos Aires. She holds a BA from Harvard University and an MPhil in Political Thought and Intellectual History from the University of Cambridge.

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Marta Ferrer and David Mejia, « Winter Issue 2 | New Spaces », Journal of Graduate Research, Volume 2, Columbia University | LAIC, Department of Latin American and Iberian Cultures (online), published on January 28, 2017. Full URL for this article

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