MARTIN BOYD, SPANISH>ENGLISH TRANSLATOR
The Whirling of the Serpent
José Luis Díaz (Antares, 2009)
With subtle prose and painstaking research, reflection and analysis, José Luis Díaz reveals how the myth of Quetzalcoatl, the plumed serpent of the ancient Mexicans, lives on today. This powerful icon has come to play a significant role in the construction of the Mexican nation, and this book traces the story of the Quetzalcoatl myth from its distant origins up to its most recent artistic, literary and political mutations. The work also compares Quetzalcoatl with other myths from the neighbouring cultures of Peru, Colombia, Brazil and Paraguay, constituting a decisive and fascinating endeavour of recovery and assimilation.
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Bajo la luz de mi sangre/Under the Light of My Blood (Bilingual Edition)
Jorge Enrique González Pacheco (Trafford, 2009)
In his collection Under the Light of my Blood, Jorge Enrique González Pacheco paints a poetic tapestry of powerful and often unsettling images of his life in Cuba, where he was born. The poems express a search for identity, or an interior autobiography chronicling the events from the poet’s birth until his exile. His poetry thus constitutes a means of capturing the author’s most intimate formative experiences.
In the Name of the Son
Mario Guillermo Huacuja (Trafford, 2009)
Through its examination of the relationship between a single immigrant mother and her son, In the Name of the Son offers a perspective on the lives of Hispanic American migrants, as well as the social, political and economic upheavals that have marked the U.S. and Mexico at the beginning of the 21st Century. Mario Huacuja delivers a fast-paced novel with a cinematic flavor, offering unexpected twists in every scene. It is perhaps no accident that one of the characters turns out to be the silver screen legend himself, Robert De Niro.
The Neoliberal Pattern of Domination
José Manuel Sánchez Bermúdez (Brill, 2012)
In its current stage of historical development, capital – embodied in a handful of gigantic transnational companies whose representatives battle to consolidate themselves as a global oligarchy – continues to concentrate its economic, political and military power into ever fewer hands. This book offers an analysis of the mechanisms on which capital is based, and identifies signs that the current neoliberal phase of capital domination constitutes the final stage of development of a capital in decline.
The Minotaur’s Island
Ana P. Jiménez & Héctor J. Pérez (ADS, 2012)
On the island of Crete during World War II, a young Australian soldier and a local village girl flee from the invading Nazis and become hopelessly lost in an underground labyrinth. To find their way out, they must decipher the mysterious hieroglyphs on the walls around them. As they do, they begin to unlock one of the world’s greatest secrets, a secret that could change the course of history itself: the secret of the Minotaur.
The Conscious Musician
Paulina Derbez (Editorial Ink, 2014)
The Conscious Musician is a book destined to change parents’ and teachers’ perception of the process of teaching and learning music. Mexican violinist and music teacher Paulina Derbez drew from her own experience to produce this book, which functions as both a practical learning manual and a philosophical exploration of the true meaning of making music. “Only when we understand, as Paulina does, that music is neither a simple form of amusement nor an obligation, neither a mindless pleasure nor a mere display or technical prowess, but as she suggests, a fundamental part of human life, and of our inner lives, will we be able to comprehend its importance” – Jorge Volpi
Amigonian Identity in Action
Juan Antonio Vives Aguilella (Fund. Univ. Luis Amigó, 2014)
In this book, Spanish theological scholar Juan Antonio Vives Aguilella explores the philosophical foundations of the pedagogical approach of the Congregation of Capuchin Tertiary Friars (or Amigonians), who for 125 years have worked to support poor children and youth dispossessed of their rights. This text is at once a pedagogical manual for members of the Amigonian congregation, which now has a presence on four continents, and a biography of the life and thought of its founder, Luis Amigó, whose dedication to the Christian humanist principles of love and social justice form the basis of Amigonian identity.
The Order of the Knights of Time I: The Mystery of Queen Nefertiti
C.T. Cassana (Amazon Books, 2017)
When the Wilfords move into an old, ramshackle house in London, they have no idea that hidden somewhere inside it is a powerful object, as wondrous as it is dangerous. After young Charlie Wilford accidentally stumbles upon this mysterious treasure, he and his busybody sister, Lisa, will find themselves caught up in all kinds of challenging adventures. Meanwhile, Maggie Wilford, Charlie’s mother and an acclaimed archeologist, will attempt to uncover one of the greatest mysteries of Ancient Egypt: the true identity and burial place of the Great Queen Nefertiti.
Filming History from Below: Microhisorical Documentaries
Efren Cuevas (Wallflower Press, 2022)
Traditional historical documentaries strive to project a sense of objectivity, producing a top-down view of history that focuses on public events and personalities. In recent decades, in line with historiographical trends advocating “history from below,” a different type of historical documentary has emerged, focusing on tightly circumscribed subjects, personal archives, and first-person perspectives. Efrén Cuevas categorizes these films as “microhistorical documentaries” and examines how they push cinema’s capacity as a producer of historical knowledge in new directions.
SELECTED PUBLISHED TRANSLATIONS (ARTICLES AND SHORT STORIES)
Feenstra, Pietsie. “Filmic Voices in Pilar Palomero’s Schoolgirls: Behind the Scenes of the Generation of 1992.” L’Atalante. 33 (2022). 27-40.
González-Hortigüela, Tecla, Manuel Canga Sosa. “The Failure of the Romantic Experience in Distances.” L’Atalante. 33 (2022). 41-58.
Fernández-Pichel, Samuel, Sergio Cobo-Durán. “The Site of the Affects: Polyphony of Voices and Urban Fragility in La Alameda 2018 by Rocío Huertas.” L’Atalante. 33 (2022). 101-114.
Sorolla-Romero, Teresa, Palao-Errando, José Antonio, Javier Marzal Felici. “Unreliable Narrators for Troubled Times: The Menacing ‘Digitalisation of Subjectivity’ in Black Mirror.” Quarterly Review of Film and Video, 38.2 (2021). 147-169.
Segarra-Saavedra, Jesús, Hidalgo-Mari, Tatiana, and Victoria Tur-Viñes. “The Prevalence and Impact of Special Issues in Communications Journals 2015-2019.” Learned Publishing, 34(3), 2021.
Cancela, Nuria. “The Influence of American Cinema on the Performance of the Femme Fatale in Spanish Crime Films of the 1950s.” L’Atalante. 32 (2021). 51-64.
Adell Carmona, María, Sergi Sánchez Martí. “Lina Morgan: The Archetype of the Explosive Ingénue in Spanish Cinema of the Late Francoist Period.” L’Atalante. 32 (2021). 65-78.
Medina-Contreras, Juan, Pedro Sangro Colón. “From the ‘Final Girl’ to the Emancipated Heroine: Female Archetypes in the [REC] Saga.” L’Atalante. 32 (2021). 79-90.
Nieto Ferrando, Jorge, Sánchez-Castillo, Sebastián, and Beatriz Gómez-Morales. “Audiovisual Fiction and Tourism Promotion: The Impact of Film and Television on the Image of Tourist Destinations and Contributions from Textual Analysis.” Profesional de la información (2021), v. 30, no. 6, e300614.
Anyó, Luis, Ángel Colom. “Emotional Ambivalence in The Last of Us: Emotions in Video Games between Narrative Complexity and Player Allegiance.” L’Atalante. 31 (2021). 85-102.
Piñeiro-Otero, Teresa. “Between Sensation and Containment: The Multidimensionality of Listening in Inside.” L’Atalante. 31 (2021). 103-116.
Planells de la Maza, Antonio José. “The Promised Land in Contemporary Video Games: A Myth Analysis of Bioshock Infinite and Death Stranding.” L’Atalante. 31 (2021). 117-130.
Ontoria-Peña, Mercedes. “‘It’s Impossible for Me to Be That Woman Again’: Embodiment and Identity in Quién Te Cantará.” L’Atalante. 31 (2021). 225-235.
Vilaró, Arnau. “A Bedroom Story: The Language of Desire in the Films of Chantal Akerman.” Comparative Cinema, 8.15 (2020). 8-24.
Mestre-Pérez, Rosanna. “Secular Resymbolisation of the Santiago Pilgrimage in Spanish Cinema: The Case of The Way and Road to Santiago.” L’Atalante. 30 (2020). 17-32.
Puche-Ruiz, María C. “Cinematic Depictions of the Guadalquivir Marshes: Social and Tourism Contexts of a Forgotten Place (1943-2014).” L’Atalante. 30 (2020). 33-46.
Villaverde, Fernando. “Whatever Happened to New American Comedy?” L’Atalante. 30 (2020). 198-200.
Carañana, Joan Pedro. “Yes, There Is Hope.” Open Democracy, 22 September 2020.
Rugiero Bader, Agustín. “Toward the Threshold: Desire and Abjection in Witch Films.” Comparative Cinema, Vol. VIII, No. 15 (2020), pp. 161-173.
Kovacsics, Violeta, Alan Salvadó. “Made for Sitges? The reception of the South Korean thriller in Spain through a case study of the Sitges Film Festival.” L’Atalante. 29 (2020). 67-84.
Deltell Escolar, Luis, Carla Folgar Arias. “Hallyu (한류) in Spain: viewers, fanbases and new ways of consuming audiovisual content.” L’Atalante. 29 (2020). 49-62.
López, José Manuel. “Completely in Ruins: Bela Tarr’s Werckmeister Harmonies.” L’Atalante. 29 (2020). 193-204.
Poch, Chantal. “Spirit and Matter: Andrei Rublev (Andrei Tarkovsky, 1966) and Heart of Glass (Werner Herzog, 1976).” L’Atalante. 29 (2020). 165-176.
Loriguillo-López, Antonio, Palao-Errando, José Antonio, Javier Marzal-Felici. “Making Sense of Complex Narration in Perfect Blue.“ Animation: An Interdisciplinary Journal, 15.1 (2020). 77-92.
López-Navarrete, Alberto Jesús, et al. “Formula for Measuring Viewer Engagement on YouTube: Exploratory Research on Major Spanish YouTubers.” Mediterranean Journal of Communication, Vol. 12, No. 2 (2020), 143-156.
Fillol, Sergio. “Off-Screen Space and the Fold: Ways of Representing the Unrepresentable, Shaped by the Hays Code in Classical Cinema.” L’Atalante. 28 (2019). 49-62.
Bou, Núria. “The mise-en-discours of sexuality in Hollywood classical cinema.” L’Atalante. 28 (2019). 19-32.
Villaverde Suanzes, Fernando. “Echoes of Violence: Howard Hawks and the End of the Production Code.” L’Atalante. 28 (2019). 77-92
Tur-Viñes, Victoria, and Castelló-Martínez, Araceli. “Commenting on Top Spanish YouTubers: ‘No Comment’“. Soc. Sci. 2019, 8, 266. https://doi.org/10.3390/socsci8100266
Sánchez-Castillo, Sebastián, Galán-Cubillo, Esteban, Arnau Gifreu-Castells. “The political interview and audiovisual bias: The case of Los desayunos de TVE (2018).” Revista Mediterránea de Comunicación, 12.1 (2019). 205-219.
Gómez, Carlos, Enrique Urbizu. “Broken Blossoms (1919): Griffith and Conscious Expressiveness in the Early Days of Classicism.” L’Atalante. 27 (2019). 31-46.
Poyato, Pedro. “An Essay on Subjectivity in Hollywood: Dark Passage (Delmer Daves, 1947) and its Assimilation of Avant-garde Features.” L’Atalante. 27 (2019). 91-104.
Aranzubia Cob, Asier. “A Margin of Playful Ambiguity: Off-Screen Space in The Student Prince in Old Heidelberg (Ernst Lubitsch, 1927).” L’Atalante. 27 (2019). 47-60.
Galindo Pérez, José Maria. “On Classical Hollywood Cinema: Beyond the Clash between Style and Canon.” L’Atalante. 27 (2019). 119-130.
Sierra, Aurken, Jordi Rodríguez Virgili. “Political Communication and Social Media: An Analysis of the State of the Question from 2008 to 2018.” Mediterranean Journal of Communication, Vol. 11, No. 1 (2019), 245-260.
Esqueda Verano, Lourdes, Efrén Cuevas Álvarez. “Cinema as Change Mummified: Objectivity and Duration in André Bazin’s Theory.” L’Atalante. 26 (2018). 169-180.
Merás, Lidia. “Retro Futures: A Vision of the Future in European Science Fiction Films (1979-1991).” L’Atalante. 26 (2018). 199-212.
Leulmo Jareño, José María. “Ways Out of the Factory: Readings of a Filmic Metaphor.” L’Atalante. 26 (2018). 157-168.
Zumalde, Immanol. “Oblique Melodrama: Hou Hsiao-Hsien’s Dust in the Wind.” L’Atalante. 25 (2018). 71-82.
García-Defez, Olga. “Modernity and Female Figures in La ciudad no es para mí.” L’Atalante. 25 (2018). 205-219.
Marzal-Felici, Javier, and María Soler-Campillo. “The Spectacle of Excess: Representations of the Financial Crisis of 2008 in Mainstream American Cinema.” Revista Latina de Comunicación Social. 73 (2018). pp. 89-114.
Labarga-Adán, Ignacio, Laura González-Díez, and Pedro Pérez-Cuadrado. “Digital Native Magazines in the Field of Sports in Spain: The Case of MARCA Plus.” Mediterranean Journal of Communication. Vol. 9. No. 1 (2018).
Garin, Manel. “Infinite Wounds: Redefining Narrative Structure and Serial Dynamics in Television Series.” L’Atalante. 24 (2017). 27-43.
Mestre-Froissard, Joel, Joaquín Aldás-Ruíz. “Zabriskie Point: The Metaphysical Pop of Michelangelo Antonioni.” L’Atalante. 24 (2017). 149-164.
Pintor, Ivan. “Silence and Fog: On Gesture, Time and Historicity in the Films of Aleksandr Sukorov.” Apparatus 5 (2017).
Losilla Alcalde, Carlos. “Seeing Inward, Looking Outward: Female Desire in Francoist Cinema.” L’Atalante. 23 (2017). 19-28.
Eduque, Albert. “Primer Plano: The Popular Face of Censorship.” L’Atalante. 23 (2017). 49-62.
Camarero Calandria, Emma. “From the Banal to the Indispensable: Pornochanchada and Cinema Novo during the Brazilian Dictatorship (1964-1985).” L’Atalante. 23 (2017). 95-108.
De La Fuente, Manuel. “Breaches in Reality: Intervention Strategies in the Documentary Film.” L’Atalante. 22 (2016). 67-76.
Jimeno Aranda, Ricardo. “Militant Cinema and Political Documentary in Italy: The Case of Marco Bellochio as an Example of its Evolution.” L’Atalante. 22 (2016). 67-76.
Márquez-Ballesteros, María José, Boned Purkiss, Javier, Alberto E. García-Moreno. “Mapping Wings of Desire: Berlin and the City of Forgotten Places.” L’Atalante. 22 (2016). 155-166.
Aguilo, Susana. Runaway Princes. Amazon E-Book, 2016.
Quintana, Angel. “Policies of Memory Related to Images from the First World War.” L’Atalante. 21 (2016). 7-16.
Pérez, Xavier. “Allegory, Redemptionism and Tragic Temptation in Hollywood Films in Response to the Great War (1915-1930).” L’Atalante. 21 (2016). 37-46.
Barrientos-Bueno, Mónica. “The First World War through the EFG1914 Project.” L’Atalante. 21 (2016). 71-80.
Arantzazu Ruiz Rodríguez, Paula. “Operating on the Frame: Interventions in the Medical Films of the Novecento and the First World War in Yervant Gianikian and Angela Ricci-Lucchi’s Oh! Uomo.” L’Atalante. 21 (2016). 81-92.
Elduque, Albert, Alan Salvadó. “Aesthetic and Narrative Uses of the Trench in Hollywood Films from 1918 to 1930.” L’Atalante. 21 (2016). 93-104.
Pintor, Ivan. “Dream and History, the Cartoon Mirror: the Incorporation of History into the Comic Book.” In Julio Cañero & Esther Claudio (eds.), On the Edge of the Panel: Essays on Comics Criticism. Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2015.
Castro de Paz, J. & F. Gomez Beceiro. “Love, Loss, Melancholy, Delusion: An Obsessive-Delusional Stylistic Model in Spanish 1940s Cinema.” L’Atalante. 20 (2015). 6-14.
Larrauri Garrate, Iñigo. “When the Face Hides the Mask: The Role of Supporting Actors in Los que no fuimos a la guerra (Julio Diamante, 1961).” L’Atalante. 20 (2015). 32-37.
Villanueva Baselga, Sergio. “Collaborative Practices in the Contemporary Documentary: A Proposed Analysis and Revision of the Participatory Mode in Documentary Theory.” L’Atalante. 20 (2015). 116-123.
Bou, Núria. “Modernism Born Out of Classical Cinema: The Body of Marlene Dietrich in the Films of Josef Von Sternberg.” L’Atalante. 19 (2015). 36-42.
Pérez, Héctor J. “The Three Bodies of Narration: A Cognivitist Poetics of the Actor’s Performance”. L’Atalante. 19 (2015). 17-26.
Balló, Jordi and Ivan Pintor Iranzo. “Exhibition Cinema: A Crossroads between the Cinema and the Museum in Contemporary Spanish Filmmaking.” Hispanic Research Journal. 1.15 (2014): 35-48.
Guiralt Gomar, Carmen. “Before Hollywood? A Girl’s Folly as a Testimony to the Paragon Studio in Fort Lee, New Jersey.” L’Atalante, 18 (2014). 118-126.
Marzal Felici, Javier and María Soler Campillo. “Contemporary Spanish Animated Films: Between the Temptation of the Mainstream and the Consolidation of a National Cinema.” Hispanic Research Journal. 1.15 (2014): 88-99.
Ganzo, Fernando. “Interview with Pierre Léon. A Rhetorical Discussion of the Voice-over and Considerations Regarding the Actor’s Voice as Filmic Material.” Cinema Comparat/ive Cinema. Vol. I. No. 3 (2013). 21-28.
Crespo, Alfonso. “Voices at the Altar of Mourning: Challenges, Affliction.” Cinema Comparat/ive Cinema. Vol. I. No. 3 (2013). 57-65.
Ibán, Iván C. “God in Constitutions and Godless Constitutions.” Law, Religion, Constitution: Freedom of Religion, Equal Treatment and the Law. Surrey, UK: Ashgate, 2013.
Ferchiche, Nassima. “Religious freedom in the constitutions of the Maghreb.” Law, Religion, Constitution: Freedom of Religion, Equal Treatment and the Law. Surrey, UK: Ashgate, 2013.
Pedro, Joan. “Three Missions of the Medieval University Centered on Social Reproduction and Transformation.” Synaesthesia: Communication Across Cultures. 1.3 (2012): 26-50.
Lourdes Victoria, María de. “The Street Vendor.” Kahini Magazine. Jan.-Mar. 2012.
Reyes Mate, Manuel. “Introduction to Midnight in History.” EssayandScience (2011). Fundación Santillana, Madrid.
Pedro, Joan. “The Propaganda Model in the Early 21st Century.” International Journal of Communication 5 (2011). Los Angeles, CA.
Díaz, J.L. “Cajal’s Legacy in Mexico.” From Development to Degeneration and Regeneration of the Nervous System. (Eds. C.E. Ribak et al.). New York, NY: Oxford Univ. Press, 2009.
Díaz, J.L. “The Game of Life.” Ludus Vitalis. Vol. XV, No. 28 (2007). Mexico, D.F.
ARTICLES AUTHORED ON TRANSLATION
“Desconstruyendo el muro. El papel de la traducción literaria en las relaciones entre México y Estados Unidos.” In Zamora, A., G. Ogarrio (eds.), México en el tiempo de la rabia. Arte y literatura de la guerra, el dolor y la violencia (2006-2018). Cuernavaca, Mexico: UAEM, 2020.
“Magical Realism and the Rewriting of Juan Rulfo’s Pedro Páramo.” In Guzmán, M.C., A. Papadopolous, M.L. Worth (eds.) Reflections of a Translated World. Toronto, ON: York University Press, 2016.
“The Problem of ‘Performability’ in Theatre Translation.” The Theatre Times, September 2016.
“A Conflict of Narratives: The Influence of US Ideology on the Translation of Mexican Literature into English.” In A. Klimkiewicz (ed.). Multilingual Identities: Translators and Interpreters as Cross-Cultural Migrants. Toronto, ON: Antares, 2013.
“Re-Foreignizing the Foreign: An Annotated Retranslation of Juan Rulfo’s Pedro Páramo.” Web, 2013. Academia.edu.
“Para resistir la crisis y progresar: Readings and Translations of Cuban Political Discourse” (co-written with Lyse Hébert). Mutatis Mutandis, Vol. 5 No. 2 (2012): Antioquía, Colombia.
“Turning the Telescope the Other Way Round: A Reflexive Case Study.” Canadian Association of Translation Studies (CATS) Young Researchers 2011-2012.
“Equivalence and Equivalent Effect.” Multi-Languages Newsletter, 15 (2010). Toronto, ON.
Numerous articles on translation published in the Diálogos Online Forum.
STORIES PUBLISHED AS AUTHOR
Papalotero (Editorial Ink, 2012)
An intercultural love story set in Toronto, Papalotero is a tribute to all those rare individuals who are blissfully courageous enough to devote their lives to doing what they truly love. Teresa Jones’s dreams of flying contrast sharply with her dreary, earthbound life working as a filing-clerk in a CD store. But when she meets Miguel Angel Ramirez, a misfit Mexican immigrant who builds and flies kites for a living, Teresa will be challenged to give up her low self-esteem and Life Sucks t-shirts, and discover that the happiness she thinks is out of her reach might actually be just one small leap of faith away.
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“Cultura.” Desde el norte. Narrativa contemporánea canadiense. Ed. Martha Bátiz Zuk. Mexico City: UAM-Xochimilco, 2015.
“HEZI.” Paperplates. 8.1 (2012), Toronto, ON.
“Miguel Angel.” Antares 2009: Literary and Artistic Creativity. Toronto, ON: Antares, 2009.
“Culture.” Other Voices. No. 20.2 (2008). Edmonton, AB.
“War Games.” Fantastic! Sydney: Oxford University Press, 2003.
“Signmaker.” Crossfire. No. 1.1 (2002). Melbourne, Australia.
Various publications in online journals