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Ometeca: Vol. 25 (2020-21) of our journal is in print.
In Memoriam: The Ometeca Institute mourns the loss of our President/Director, Dr. Jerry Hoeg (2015-2020), who passed away in 2020. Jerry was also an Editor of our journal, Ometeca (2001-2016), in addition to being a dear friend, valued colleague, and mentor to many. He was a Professor Emeritus of Spanish at Penn State University, Fayette campus. Jerry published on science and Hispanic studies in many book chapters, numerous articles, etc. His relevant books include: Interdisciplinary Essays on Darwinism in Hispanic Literature and Film: The Intersection of Science and the Humanities, co-edited with Kevin S. Larsen (Edwin Mellen); Reading and Writing the Latin American Landscape, co-authored with Beatriz Rivera-Barnes (Palgrave/Macmillan); Science, Literature, and Film in the Hispanic World (Palgrave/Macmillan); Science, Technology, and Latin American Narrative in the 20th Century and Beyond (Lehigh UP/Associated University Presses). The Ometeca Institute extends our deepest condolences, especially to Jerry’s family. We hope to hold a conference and publish a volume of our journal in his honor; more details will follow at a later date–see Conferences.
Beatriz Rivera-Barnes, The Nature of Hate and the Hatred of Nature in Hispanic Literatures (Lexington Books, 2020). According to Dr. Rivera-Barnes, her book: “retraces the ‘nature of hatred’ and the ‘hatred of nature’ from the earliest traditions of Western literature including Biblical texts, Medieval Spanish literature, early Spanish Renaissance texts, to nineteenth- and twentieth-century Iberian and Latin American literatures. The nature of hate is [. . .] hate in its primal form as told and conveyed in so many culturally influential Bible stories that are at the root of hatred as it manifests itself today. The hatred of nature is not only contempt for the natural world, but also the idea of nature hating in return, thus inspiring even more hatred of nature. While some chapters, such as the one dedicated to La Celestina, focus more on the nature of hate and the hatred of love, they do address the hatred of nature, as when Celestina conjures Pluto, who happens to be closer to nature than to Satan. Other chapters, such as the ones dedicated to the Latin American novels set in the jungle, focus more on the hatred of nature but ultimately turn to the nature of hatred by analyzing hatred and the descent into madness.” In the last chapters, she “simultaneously addresses the nature of hatred and the hatred of nature…” A selected review by José Manuel Marrero Henríquez (Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain) states the following: “In The Nature of Hate and the Hatred of Nature in Hispanic Literatures, Beatriz Rivera-Barnes has made of that execrable feeling called hate a fascinating object of academic study and a thought-provoking trope for the ecocritical reading of Western civilization.” Dr. Rivera-Barnes is an Associate Professor of Spanish at Penn State University.
Loss Pequeño Glazier, Luna Lunera: Poems al-Andalus (Night Horn Books, 2020; http://writing.upenn.edu/epc/authors/glazier/luna/). This is a book of poems “drawing from poetics, dance, visual, code-rendered movement [and other] visuality, Andalusian echoes, and the sounds of word origins,” per Dr. Glazier. He is also the author of Anatman, Pumpkin Seed Algorithm (Salt), Digital Poetics (Alabama), and many other projects. See also some of his work in vol. 23 (2017) of the Ometeca journal. Contact: Transparent Mountain Poetries, P.O. Box 2233, Franklin NC 28744; http://www.lpglazier.com/.