Heterogeneous Critique; A Proposal from a Latin American(ist) Point of View

Friday, January 26, 2018

12:00 pm

Pigott Hall (Bldg. 260), Room 252

Sponsored by:
Department of Iberian and Latin American Cultures

Speaker: Dr. Friedhelm Schmidt-Welle

By introducing the concept of “heterogeneous critique”, I propose a theoretical and methodological framework and an alternative to universalist approaches in literary and cultural criticism, approaches which even include the trend to apply Anglo-Saxon postcolonialist positions on Latin American cultures. I will analyze the decline of universalist theory exemplified by the crisis of literary history and the emergence of a new regionalism in Latin American cultural critique which tries to overcome the invisibility of local theoretical production, and differentiate diverse forms of postcolonialisms according to their local contexts. I therefore propose the creation of a relational concept which considers that the so-called periphery is constitutive for the self-concept of the so-called center and for the process of transmodernity.

Friday, January 26, 2018
12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Pigott Hall (Bldg. 260), Room 252

Free and open to the public


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