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Hispanic Honors Society Hosts Panel

Florida State's Hispanic Honors Society, Sigma Delta Pi, hosted a research panel for Spanish Literature doctoral students entitled "Estrategias de subversión en la cultura hispana" on Tuesday, November 18. Four students presented their current research, and as the title of the panel states, each paper was linked by the use of subversion in text. Olga Romero Mestas presented "Subversión discursiva en el conjunto epistolar de Gaspar Betancourt Cisneros". Jeremy Kasten's presentation was "Mitos, monstruos, y memoria: trauma latente y subversión tática en Hijos de la ira", followed by Alberto López who presented "Viñetas y afectos truncados: miedo y subversión en el cómic chileno durante el gobierno pinochetista". Lastly, Liset Cruz presented "¿La calle es de los revolucionarios? La subversión del espacio público y oficial en La Habana post-soviética". The event was moderated by Kate Wesolek.


Department Celebrates Kathy Wimberly's 39 Years of Service

On October 29, 2014, the Department of Modern Languages and Linguistics celebrated the retirement of its much beloved office manager Kathy Wimberly for her 39 years of outstanding service at Florida State University.




Professor Keith Howard Publishes Book

Arguing against historians of Spanish political thought that have neglected recent developments in our understanding of Machiavelli's contribution to the European tradition, the thesis of this book is that Machiavellian discourse had a profound impact on Spanish prose treatises of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. After reviewing in chapter 1 Machiavelli's ideological restructuring of the language of European political thought, in chapter 2 Dr. Howard shows how, before his works were prohibited in Spain in 1583, Spaniards such as Fadrique Furió Ceriol and Balthazar Ayala used Machiavelli's new vocabulary and theoretical framework to develop an imperial discourse that would be compatible with a militant understanding of Catholic Christianity. In chapters 3, 4 and 5 he demonstrates in detail how Giovanni Botero, Pedro de Ribadeneyra, and their imitators in the anti-Machiavellian reason-of-state tradition in Spain, attack a straw figure of Machiavelli that they have invented for their own rhetorical and ideological purposes, while they simultaneously incorporate key Machiavellian concepts into their own advice.


Professor Yanning Wang Publishes Book

Dr. Yanning Wang, Assistant Professor of Chinese, published: Reverie and Reality: Poetry on Travel by Late Imperial Chinese Women (Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2014). "This book is an important contribution to the scholarship on traditional Chinese women’s poetry" (Wilt Idema, Harvard University).





Professor Christian Weber Publishes Book

Dr. Christian Weber, Assistant Professor of German, published : Die Logik der Lyrik: Goethes Phänomenologie des Geistes in Gedichten (Freiburg i.B.: Rombach Verlag, 2014). "This book explores Goethe’s so-called ‘hymns of genius’ as a lyric cycle. Read as one poetic unit, these poems reveal a theoretical ambition that rivals Hegel’s phenomenological investigation of the spirit and complements Kant’s Critique of Judgment with a critique of the imagination”.