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- PublicationAjiaco, Rum and Coffee: Food and Identity in Leonardo Padura's Detective Fiction(McFarland, 2018-04-10)This chapter analyses the representation of food, cooking and its related convivial aspects in the detective novels written by the Cuban author Leonardo Padura. These novels inscribe themselves into a long tradition of detective novels which consider the description of food and meals as one of their distinctive features (such as the ones written by Manuel Vázquez Montalbán and Andrea Cammilleri, just to name a few). I argue that in Padura's novels the mention of food and cooking performs many different functions within the text. First of all food complement the social backdrop of the story and set the Cuban character of the novel, bringing in the elements of syncretism, mestizaje and hybridity which are essential to fully understand Cuban identity. The author always presents classical dishes of the Cuban tradition, recovering the cultural roots of its characters and of his nation. However in Padura's novel cooking and food are also an important indicator of the specific historical moment in which the story is set and they provide important elements to understand the social situation of the time. References to cooking and food are used here to describe the food shortage affecting the island, as a consequence of the US embargo, and to denounce the hidden or semi-hidden presence of the black market economy in Cuba. Secondly food contributes strongly to the characterization of the protagonist of Padura's novels: the detective Mario Conde. In this case food, is used to describe the personal and psychological world of the protagonist and his affective sphere. Finally the convivial aspect of food allows Padura to represent the emotional bond between his characters and to trace the profile of a specific generation of Cubans born just before the Revolution and educated in the Revolutionary ideology. Food provides, thus, the opportunity to bridge the national tradition and memory with a specific generational experience and identity.
- PublicationThe emergence of a Cuban socio-cultural phenomenon: el falso policial by Leonardo Padura Fuentes(Lippolis, 2013-01-01)In this article I will examine contemporary Cuban crime fiction through the various manifestations of its relations to the State. My study is based on the premise that it is possible to establish a link between State traditions and crime genre. Here I am interested in exploring the consequences of this relationship inside the Cuban context, to establish to what extent recent social and economic changes find an echo in crime literature.
- PublicationA Defence and Illustration of Marie de Gournay: Bayle’s Reception of ‘Cette Savante Demoiselle’(Oxford University Press, 2019-09-27)The assassination of Henri IV by François Ravaillacin 1610 sparked an immediate pamphlet polemic regarding the Jesuits and their position in France. First in the fray was the Lettre déclamatoire by the assassinated king’s Jesuit confessor Pierre Coton, which triggered the anti-Jesuit satire L’Anti-Coton. Amongst other replies, Marie de Gournay’s pro-Jesuit text Adieu de l’ame du roy de France et de Navarre Henry le Grand à la Royne, avec la Defence des Peres Jesuistes appeared at this point, shortly followed by Le Remerciment des Beurrières de Paris, the latter of which treats of Gournay as a public woman.
- PublicationGuest Column: Mediating Creoles: Language Practices on a YouTube show(John Benjamins, 2020-12-15)This paper explore language practices on an Eastern Maroon YouTube show in order to gain insights into new mediated practices and language change among younger people's language use.
- PublicationThe Internet Generation and its implications on Higher Education Quality Management(Pacific Journal of Education, 2016-05-27)Generation Z, or Internet Generation, as it is commonly called, is the first to have Internet technology freely available and from a very early age. Since the web revolution in the 1990s, this generation has been exposed to an unprecedented amount of technology. As they became more compact and affordable, the popularity of laptops, tablets and smartphones grew considerably all around the world. It is expected by the time this generation enters the work market digital technology will be part of almost all career pathways consequently the impact in education is somewhat obvious and expected. The future holds exciting opportunities as the accelerating economic integration, changes in demographic trends, and advances in ICT bring great changes to Higher Education, and nonetheless they also pose several implications for universities. In this paper we consider Fiji Higher Education Institutions who performed a fundamental shift in their quality assurance, especially after the creation of Fiji Higher Education Commission (FHEC), regulating higher education institution standards and present blended learning as a pedagogical practice that can be successfully implemented as part of an educative restructuring process that ensures quality and high standards.