Call for Articles
CAMINO REAL. Year 2019. Volume 11. Issue 14
History of a Journey Between Two Worlds:
Language, Culture, and Sensibility in the United States
Guest Editor: Silvia Betti
Deadline for submissions: December 14th, 2018
In this global and mixed panorama the American territory is of particular interest, since the continuous migration of Hispanics to the North has changed the profile of the United States, not only from a cultural, social, and economic point of view, but also due to the contact between English and Spanish that takes place when these populations are found. The relationship between English and Spanish in this particular reality is characterized by many contacts and changes, generating a situation of rapport and, it could be said, of mutual dependence.
The linguistic, cultural, and identity dichotomy of Hispanics in the United States significantly underscores these two worlds and two cultures. And this is not just about linguistic and cultural codes, but also sociological and psychological codes, often different, not only for their way of understanding life, but of living it. Moreno Fernández (2017), who studies English and Spanish in this country, observes that the situation of language represents a complex diglossic in the form of double outline diglossia, and varieties that are called Spanish American general and Spanglish are in connection and continuity between themselves, also with standard and popular English (Moreno Fernández 2017), forming a reality that might be seen as “translingual practice” (Canagarajah 2013). All of this, without forgetting the role of the translanguage as a pedagogical method (García 2013), and considering Spanglish also from an identity point of view as an indication and symbol of the construction of a new identity in-between (Zentella 2002). On the other hand, the plural condition of the Hispanic Americans can lead to something fascinating. This plural condition, these compounded identities admit that there are other ways to become American, and this could mean, perhaps, that the assimilation to the mainstream is not fundamental (Guibernau 2008).
The new issue of Camino Real. Estudios de las Hispanidades Norteamericanas Review (Year 2019. Volume 11. Issue 14) wants to collect essays on these topics, as well as translations, creative writings, reviews and interviews that reflect on these intertwined worlds.
CAMINO REAL welcomes the submission of new articles for its next issues. Before submitting your article for assessment, please ensure that it meets the publication guidelines of the Instituto Franklin-UAH that you will find on this page.
Silvia Betti [photograph above]