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 Jalos, USA: Transnational Community and Identity

Jalos, USA

Transnational Community and Identity

Alfredo Mirandé

In Jalos, USA, Alfredo Mirandé explores migration between the Mexican town of Jalostotitlán, Jalisco, and Turlock, California, and shows how migrants retain a primal identity with their community of origin. The study examines how family, gender, courtship, religion, and culture promote a Mexicanized version of the “American Dream” for la gente de Jalos.

After introducing traditional theories of migration and describing a distinctly circular migration pattern between Jalos and Turlock, Mirandé introduces a model of transnationalism. Residents move freely back and forth across the border, often at great risk, adopting a transnational village identity that transcends both the border and…

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 Juan de Segovia and the Fight for Peace: Christians and Muslims in the Fifteenth Century

Juan de Segovia and the Fight for Peace

Christians and Muslims in the Fifteenth Century

Anne Marie Wolf

Juan de Segovia (d. 1458), theologian, translator of the Qur’an, and lifelong advocate for the forging of peaceful relations between Christians and Muslims, was one of Europe’s leading intellectuals. Today, however, few scholars are familiar with this important fifteenth-century figure. In this well-documented study, Anne Marie Wolf presents a clear, chronological narrative that follows the thought and career of Segovia, who taught at the University of Salamanca, represented the university at the Council of Basel (1431–1449), and spent his final years arguing vigorously that Europe should eschew war with the ascendant Ottoman Turks and instead strive to convert them peacefully…

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San Antonio Appoints Laurie Ann Guerrero as Poet Laureate

April is National Poetry Month and the City of San Antonio will appoint Laurie Ann Guerrero as the second poet laureate to represent the city. Guerrero succeeds inaugural poet laureate Carmen Tafolla whose two-year term ends March 31. The 2014 Poet Laureate Investiture will take place at City Council Chamber,…

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TLS reviews "Transforming Work"

Katherine C. Little’s elegant study Transforming Work: Early Modern Pastoral and Late Medieval Poetry is reviewed in the March 14, 2014, issue of the Times Literary Supplement. James Wade says, “More germane to the arguments of Transforming Work is a larger question of how genre shapes periodization. To rethink the…

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