"Como una buena madre:" Neoliberal Globalization and the Mothering of the Nation in Crisis

CGS Brown Bag Lecture Series
Sep 19, 2012
01:30 PM to 02:30 PM
402 Burrowes

Luz Angelica Kirschner, Bielefeld (Germany)

In the context of an increasingly globalized world under the dominance of neoliberal market values and so-called western culture, the appearance of religious fundamentalisms, and the radicalization of identities, the short story “Como una buena madre,” 1988, (“Like a Good Mother”) of the Jewish Argentine Ana María Shua complicate the theorization of a mestizo Latin American identity whose conceptualization traditionally has remained stuck in the unresolved dialectical tensions between the center and the periphery that have historically haunted and challenged the project of Latin American intellectuals to imagine an autochthonous Latin American identity independent from imperialist western influence.

With a nation that is still at odds with the ongoing process of democratization after the years of terror under dictatorships as a backdrop, Shua’s analysis of contemporary relationships of domination and subjugation observes that one of the most pressing phenomena affecting both Argentine men and women is globalization.

Luz Angélica Kirschner, Lecturer at the University of Bielefeld, is a visiting scholar. She received her Ph.D. in Comparative Literature and Literary Theory, Criticism, and Aesthetics from Penn State in 2008. Her research focuses on comparative literary studies of ethnicity, race, gender, and identity formation and how these discourses have been impacted by contemporary socio-economic manifestations such as neoliberalism and globalization.

This lecture is a part of the Center for Global Studies Brown Bag Graduate Lecture Series which focuses on interdisciplinary graduate research.

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