¶ 3 Leave a comment on paragraph 3 0 Intervening in an interconnected world, one is always, to varying degrees, “inauthentic”: caught between cultures, implicated in others. Because discourse in global power systems is elaborated vis-à-vis others, a sense of difference or distinctness can never be located solely in the continuity of a culture or tradition. Identity is conjunctural, not essential. (Clifford Geertz in The Predicament of Culture)
¶ 6 Leave a comment on paragraph 6 0 You’ve reached Southern Labyrinths, a blog written by students in English/Spanish 390. We are a group of Whittier college students of all majors and years, some Spanish speaking and some not, who traveled to Spain and Morocco for 3 weeks during Janterm 2013. The purpose of our journey was to discover the ways in which the literature and culture of historical and present of Southern Spain and Northern Morocco undermines and challenges Orientalist notions of East and West, Europe and Africa, Past and Present, Modern and Traditional. The following pages present our immediate impressions during their trip, our thoughts about the various Spanish and English literary texts we read, and our reflections on the experience after the trip.