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James Buchanan


Vice-President Communications
of the 
Hispanic Studies Graduate Students Association


I completed my Honours BA in Spanish Literature in 2011 at Concordia (degree conferred with Great Distinction). It was my privilege to work with an extraordinary faculty, through whose combined expertise I obtained not only solid grounding in Peninsular literature of the Medieval and Early Modern periods, my area of special interest, but also exposure to contemporary Spanish literature, Latin American literature from its inception to the present day, a variety of non-literary Hispanic cultural topics, and linguistics. 

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I am elated to be pursuing graduate studies in Hispanic Studies at Concordia and be part of a very new program, whose rigorous courses strike a balance between the theoretical and the pragmatic. In addition to my existing commitment to purely literary research, I have also been exposed to — and motivated to study further — such disciplines as pedagogy, literary translation, and Hispanic linguistics. I am grateful to the financial support provided by both the Concordia University Graduate Fellowship and the Canadian Power Corporation Scholarship.
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In addition to course work, I am looking forward to pursuing, on a more individual basis, my areas of special interest, which include hegemony and subalternity, the construction and representation of the marginalized subject, and concepts of nationhood and collective identity in Medieval and Early Modern Iberian literature. My inaugural presentation at a refereed conference was in May, 2012, at the 48th annual conference of the Canadian Association of Hispanists. It evolves from my undergraduate thesis, on the representation of the Jewish subject in Alfonso X’s Cantigas de Santa María, under the rubric "Mujeres, minorías, marginados y desplazados: actitud y perfil sociales en la literatura medieval peninsular."
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View_Current CV
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Research and Academic Interests
  • Medieval and Early Modern Spain.
  • Construction and representation of the ethno-religious other in literature and the visual arts (with particular interest in the Muslim and Jewish populations of Iberia).
  • Hegemony and Subaltern Studies.
  • The construction and imagining of Spain in the collective memory of the Sephardic diaspora.
  • Literary translation.

Lectures and Conference Presentations