Assistant Professor of Spanish
Areas of Expertise: Latin American film, literature and arts; Latin American history of ideas; Colonial history; translation; Borges studies; contemporary film.
- Culture Clash: The Figure of the Interpreter Across Time in Latin America: Latin American (and American) culture is neither ‘this’ (the local, native culture) nor ‘that’ (Europe, the West), but an in-between space where cultures and languages meet, clash, mingle. Its very identity is defined by negotiations, mestizajes, counterpoints, transculturations, translations and mistranslations. Thus, translation scenes are everywhere in the Latin American tradition, and translators and interpreters are the focus of much attention. This lecture focuses on three key episodes of cultural encounters since Columbus’ arrival to the 21st century and considers them as barometers for understanding the broader cultural climate.
About Martín Gaspar
Professor Gaspar’s research engages a wide range of fields that includes Latin American intellectual history since the 19th Century; modern Latin American fiction and contemporary film; translation studies; visibility in literature and the media; and narrative theory. He is the author of La condición traductora (Beatriz Viterbo, 2014), a historical and formal study of the rise of translator-heroes and narrators in Latin American fiction since the 1990s. His articles have appeared in the Journal of Latin American Cultural Studies, Variaciones Borges, and Latin American Literary Review, among others. He has co-authored the literary anthology Letras de hispanoamérica (Vista, 2013).
Currently, Professor Gaspar is engaged in two projects: an examination of the functions of anonymity in Latin American media, literature, and film, and a social history of translation in Latin America. He teaches courses on literature of the Americas and Latin American literature, film, and cultural studies. In June of 2017, he offered a graduate seminar on "Traducción y cultura: teorías recientes y una mirada sobre el caso argentino" at the Universidad Nacional de Rosario, Argentina.