Conserving and disseminating modern-era Catalan-language manuscript cultural texts in the Hispanic Society of America
The project’s goal is to edit—and thereby preserve—crucial Catalan cultural patrimony extant in North American libraries and archives. The manuscript texts are dated from the 16th to the 20th century, and are housed in the library of the HSA in New York City. The project will result in the production of a web-based, user-friendly descriptive catalogue of the collection, as well as the publication of six printed and electronic tangible diplomatic co-editions with accompanying digitally photographc facsimiles of the originals.
Sonorités balzaciennes: le paysage sonore dans La Comédie Humaine d'Honoré de Balzac
Investigator: Jean-François RicherThe readers of The Human Comedy are exposed to not only the French society of the first half the 19th century, with its living quarters, trades, clothing and belongings, but they also hear the echoes of a world resound in their ears. Balzac's characters moan, shout, whimper, sigh and whisper, and around them a vast menagerie neighs, bellows, moos or barks. Places, animals, objects, people and their customs are unfailingly accompanied by their sounds. The project will analyze the multifarious soundscape of The Human Comedy, and its narratological and thematic functions.
Echoes of Don Quixote in modern-day Central American Speech
Investigator: Róbinson Ayala Mejía
Beyond its indisputable literary value, when Cervantes composed his renowned novel Don Quixote he was at the same time preserving a lexical time-capsule that contained idiomatic expressions and sayings used in Spain at the onset of the seventeenth century. The project concentrates on the analysis and interpretation of this proverb corpus, with a three-fold goal: 1) to explore the connection between proverbs and narrative action; 2) to provide a critical approach to the interpretation of the meaning and usage of proverbs in Cervantes’ time; and 3) to explain the role proverbs played in XVII century Spanish society.
Identity and Space in Two Novels by Carmen Boullosa
Investigator: Chantelle Hug
This project will investigate the subject of identity in Duerme and La otra mano de Lepanto. Identity has recently become an important topic in literature, principally owing to globalization and a world in which identities no longer tend to be permanent. Although this project is a literary analysis, focused on the representation of various identities through the symbol of blood and use of costume, it also proposes an alternative perspective on identity, one that could result in fewer violent conflicts between groups and individuals.
Rethinking the focus on grammar in Canada's Immersion program
Investigator: Katherine Mueller
Building on research in the field of Focus on Form, this project will investigate the effects of introducing explicit pro-active grammar instruction to Grade 12 French Immersion classes. French Immersion is traditionally a content- or meaning-based approach to language teaching, in which grammar instruction tends to be incidental and not necessarily contextualized. In this investigation, grammatical elements that continue to challenge French Immersion students at the university level will be delivered explicitly and in meaningful context at the Grade 12 level, to determine whether such intervention can lead to greater proficiency.
Les lecteurs curieux du XVIIIe siècle français
Investigator: Anthony J. Wall
Studying those French Eighteenth-Century portraits which show a person reading, this project prods several hypotheses concerning the history of reading in the West. In particular, French portraits display a plethora of persons holding a "brochure", that is to say, an Eighteenth-Century "pocket book". The pages of the book are worn and the cover is totally crumpled: through the sense of touch, the artist sketches an image of continuity between reader and book and thereby contradicts many scholarly works that have suggested that people of the time would not read such flimsy books over and over again.
Early Modern Spanish Non-literary Discourses in Cervantes’s Prose
Investigator: Rachel Schmidt
The project aims at furthering our appreciation of Cervantes’ literary technique and his own political and religious views, and illuminate the way a writer fashions fiction from non-fiction. The first step of the project will analyze the new non-literary genres―vocational training, religious orthodoxy, expanding commerce, among others―that emerged in Spain with print technology; the second will examine their incorporation in Don Quixote de la Mancha.
Towards a Plural Poetics: Dialogue in and with Works by Octavio Paz
Investigator: Helena Dusmoor
The Mexican poet and essayist Octavio Paz (1914-1998) worked on a series of collaborative projects with other writers and visual artists. Literary criticism has not yet addressed these collaborations in a comprehensive way. This project examines dialogue between bodies of writing, as well as between writing and visual mediums. Dialogue in solo works by Paz is also considered.