College Letter 11/2014
Spanish professor Scott Weintraub uncovers a literary mystery and straps on gumshoes to solve it.
Juan Luis Martínez had a habit of disappearing. In his groundbreaking 1977 book, "The New Novel," Martínez wrote, “The universe is a phantom’s effort to become reality,” and the neo-avant-garde Chilean poet was something of a specter. He was fond of metaphysical vanishing acts: ducking behind collages, enigmas, quotes, and the words of others in his work and playing tricks on his readers. But it wasn’t until 2013, 20 years after Martínez died, that assistant professor of Spanish Scott Weintraub uncovered what might have been the author’s greatest trick. [Read more]
Maya Ravindranath’s language project taps undergraduate researchers to document changes in New Hampshire’s dialect.
When Maya Ravidranath came to UNH in 2009 from Pennsylvania, she was surprised by the New Hampshire dialect she encountered. A sociolinguist, she had studied the linguistic atlases, which describe a single eastern New England dialect region running from Rhode Island to Maine and as far west as the New Hampshire/Vermont border. People from New Hampshire, should, according to the atlases, pahk their cahs in Hahvahd yahd, just as people from Boston do. But she recognized immediately that there were many ways in which New Hampshire speakers did not sound like traditional New England speakers, including that they were much less likely to drop their rs. [Read more]
Recent news from the College of Liberal Arts.
Playwright Barbara Lebow will deliver the Heilbronner Lecture, the UNH theatre and dance department will present two of Lebow's plays, an anthropology professor publishes a book on women and Islam, a poetry professor wins the Shestack Prize, and more. [Read more]