Jahan Ramazani
Professor of English
University of Virginia

“Modern Poetry, Citizenship, and Transnationalism.”

8 PM, January 16, 2003
Ruth McQuown Room (219 Dauer Hall), University of Florida.

Arlene Davila
Associate Professor of Anthropology and American Studies
New York University

“The Marketable Neighborhood: Culture and Gentrification in El Barrio/East Harlem.”

10 AM, January 17, 2003
Ruth McQuown Room (219 Dauer Hall), University of Florida.

Professors Ramazani and Davila will participate in a roundtable discussion.

2:30 PM, January 17, 2003
Ruth McQuown Room (219 Dauer Hall), University of Florida.

All events are free and open to the public.

Arlene Davila is Associate Professor of Anthropology and American Studies at the New York University. The author of Latinos, Inc.: The Marketing and Making of a People, her scholarly work focuses on the relationship between cultural identity and the national and global commodification of culture, focusing on analysis of Puerto Rican and U.S. Latino/a culture. She is currently conducting research on the cultural politics of space among Latinos in El Barrio/East Harlem, in which she addresses the central role of culture in the spatial and entrepreneurial politics of contemporary cities – how cultural discourses of Puerto Ricanness and Latinidad are central to both the gentrification of the area and to the ways in which residents are resisting such forces.

Jahan Ramazani, Professor of English at the University of Virginia, is the author of numerous scholarly articles and three books. His most recent book, The Hybrid Muse: Postcolonial Poetry in English (2001), brings the work of poets A.K. Ramanujan (India), Louise Bennett (Jamaica), Okot p’Bitek (Uganda), Derek Walcott (St. Lucia) and, startlingly, William Butler Yeats (Ireland) to academic discussions of postcoloniality currently dominated by interest in fiction. Ramazani’s Poetry of Mourning (1994), dedicated to his cousin, who lost her life in counterhegemonic political protests in Iran, was a finalist for the National Book Critics’ Circle prize in 1995. His first book (1990) was Yeats and the Poetry of Death. He is the newest (and only living) editor of The Norton Anthology of Modern and Contemporary Poetry, which has just appeared in its 3rd edition. His May 1997 PMLA article, “The Wound of History: Walcott’s Omeros and the Postcolonial Poetics of Affliction,” won the William Riley Parker Prize for the best essay in that journal during 1997. Ramazani earned his BA from the University of Virginia. A Rhodes Scholar during 1981–83, he earned his first M.Phil. from Oxford and his second from Yale, where he also earned his PhD He has held writing fellowships from the NEH, the Guggenheim Foundation, and the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, and has won numerous teaching awards. During 2001–2004 he is Mayo Distinguished Teaching Professor at the University of Virginia.