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(Michael Mancuso/The Times)

By Mike Davis/The Times

PRINCETON – Paul Sigmund, a longtime Princeton University professor who specialized in Latin American politics and political theory, died from complications of pneumonia on Sunday at the age of 85, his family announced.

Sigmund helped establish the university’s Program in Latin American Studies and served as its director for seven years. Read more

Rio de Janeiro’s newspaper praises Bruno Carvalho’s new book

Bruno Carvalho, professor em Princeton, acaba de criar novo epíteto para o Rio de Janeiro. Além de maravilhosa e partida, agora a cidade pode ser chamada de porosa, termo que propõe interpretação original para um velho problema: a coexistência de uma cultura/autoimagem definida pela mistura com a disparidade socioeconômica evidente/brutal. “Cidade porosa” é o título de seu livro publicado no final de 2013 pela editora da Universidade de Liverpool. Deveria ter tradução imediata, pois é leitura essencial para enfrentarmos melhor as transformações urbanísticas que vão se acelerar até as Olimpíadas. Precisamos escolher bem que rumo dar para nossa porosidade. Read more

Diamela Eltit Papers, 1943-2012, at Princeton University Library

C1457_Bx5_F12_Diamela_Eltit001It is a pleasure to announce that the Manuscripts Division of the Princeton University Library has recently added the papers of Diamela Eltit to its extensive collection of archives of Latin American writers and intellectuals.
Eltit, a highly regarded experimental writer who wrote her first two novels, Lumpérica (1983) and Por la patria (1986), during the years of the Pinochet dictatorship in her native Chile, also gained notoriety through her participation in the Colectivo de Acciones de Arte (CADA), a group of artists who staged art actions to challenge the dictatorship.  Since then she published several others highly acclaimed literary works including El cuarto mundo (1988), El padre mío (1989), Vaca sagrada (1991), El infarto del alma (1994), Los vigilantes (1994), Los trabajadores de la muerte (1998), Mano de obra (2002), Puño y letra (2005), Jamás el fuego nunca (2007), Impuesto a la carne (2010), and Fuerzas especiales (2013).  Eltit served as a cultural attaché during Patricio Aylwin’s government at the Chilean Embassy in Mexico City, and has also held positions as writer-in-residence at Brown University, Washington University in St. Louis, Columbia University, UC Berkeley, the University of Virginia, Stanford University and Johns Hopkins University. She is currently a Distinguished Global Professor of Creative Writing in Spanish at New York University.
Her papers consist of manuscripts, typescript drafts and notebooks related to both published and unpublished works.  In addition, there is a sizeable amount of correspondence from writers, colleagues, family and friends (access to the correspondence is temporarily restricted), as well numerous photographs of Eltit with family, friends, and various literary and political figures.
A still in process finding aid is available here.  Feel free to contact me or the Department of Rare Books and Special Collections for additional information.