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Event Transatlantic Polemics
When Monday, November 26, 2012 at 1:00pm
Where ICC 450
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Details Transatlantic polemics: language, academies, and the panhispanic intellectual field with Dr. José del Valle
Professor & Chair, program in Hispanic and Luzo-Brazilian literatures and languages
Graduate Center, City University of New York

The Real Academia Española (RAE) was created in 1713 in order to preserve the purity of the language in Spain and the territories of the Spanish Empire. Once Spain’s American colonies became independent, the Academy’s status in the new nations – and therefore its ability to retain authority and control the language’s symbolic power – was questioned and Latin American declarations of linguistic independence proliferated. The RAE’s efforts to retain control through the creation of associated language academies in Latin America after 1870 were at first mostly unsuccessful: a strong perception remained that the Spaniards were unwilling to share linguistic power. However, in 1950, Mexican president Miguel Alemán invited the RAE and all associated Academies to meet in Mexico and coordinate efforts. In this lecture, I will discuss the politics of the 1951 conference – which resulted in the creation of the Asociación de Academias de la Lengua Española – and analyze it in the context provided by the tense post-colonial relationship between Spain and its former colonies.
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Contact Kristen Hall; phone (202) 687-6134
Sponsors Department of Spanish and Portuguese
Calendar Department of Spanish and Portuguese
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