Fernando Ortiz: Counterpoint and Transculturation

  • Enrico Mario Santí
Part of the New Directions in Latino American Cultures book series (NDLAC)

Abstract

One of the challenges facing the future of Cultural Studies is the coherence between conceptual tools and objects of research. That an incongruity between theory and object should have emerged in such a relatively new field was to be expected, perhaps, for in little more than its two decades’ worth the field has struggled to develop a vocabulary of its own while also reining in proliferating agendas. Unlike Psychoanalysis or Gender Studies, which inherited methodologies that new strategies could work through polemically, this discipline has taken on the unenviable dual task of inventing critical tools while targeting objects that have been as varied as they are elusive.The challenge appears to be particularly intense in Postcolonial Studies, whose success in the Anglo-American academy, particularly its French and English Literature departments, seems all but assured, but whose spread to other cognate fields, like German, Russian, or indeed Spanish and Portuguese, has yet to parallel the same hold it enjoys on their Anglo and French counterparts.1

Keywords

Manifold Milling Coherence Smoke Cane 

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