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Robert Lane Kauffmann
Professor Emeritus
Professor Emeritus of Spanish
 
e-mail:rlk@rice.edu
 
  • B.A. Romance Languages and Literatures (1970) Princeton University
  • Ph.D. Comparative Literature (1981) University of California, San Diego
 
Primary Department
   Department of Spanish, Portuguese, and Latin American Studies
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Research Areas
 Modern Spanish literature and philosophy, comparative literature, literary theory, the essay genre in European thought since the Renaissance
 

Genre as transdisciplinary phenomenon

 

I am interested in genre as a transdisciplinary concept and phenomenon, and more specifically in nonfictional prose genres such as the essay, as they have developed in modern European thought since the Renaissance. Related sub-topics include twentieth-century European theories of the essay, debates about the "generic" boundaries between literature and philosophy, mimetic processes in non-fictional writing. Current foci: Spanish Republican thought in exile (1939-75), and controversies over definitions of Hispanidad (the question of pan-Hispanic identity).

 
Teaching Areas
 Spanish literature and painting, Humanities, Latin American short fiction, literary theory, literary translation
 
Selected Publications
 Refereed articles
 

"Zambrano, Habermas e i generi discorsivi della modernità filosofica", Estetica. Studi e ricerche, 2 (2013). Issue appeared in 2014.

 
 

Kauffmann, R. "Julio Cortazar y la apropriacion del otro: 'Axolotl' como fabula etnografica." Revista Mexicana de Sociologia, 4/2001 (2001) : 223-32. Introduced by Roger Bartra..

 
 Articles
 Narrating the Other: Julio Cortázar's 'Axolotl' as Ethnographic Allegory. Reprinted in Short Story Criticism, Vol. 76 (2005) 145-56.
 
 Book chapters
 

"The Skewed Path: Essaying as Unmethodical Method." This earlier essay has appeared in several anthologies, most recently in David Lazar, Essaying the Essay (Gettysburg, PA: Welcome Table Press, 2014).

 
 

R. Lane Kauffmann, "La voie diagonale de l'essai: une méthode sans méthode." Approches de l'essai (2003) : 183-228. Trans. from English by Marc-André Béra.

 
 Book reviews
 

Review of Tiempo de exilio: Una mirada crítica a la modernidad española desde el pensamiento republicano en el exilio. Barcelona: Montesinos, 2007. In  Revista de Estudios Hispánicos XLV No. 1 (March 2011) 220-21.

 
 Refereed conference papers
 

Revised, refereed conference paper submitted and accepted for a collection of essays on "El ensayo posnacional hispánico," edited by Reinert Dhondt and Dagmar Vandebosch (KU-Leuven, Belgium); collection under consideration by publisher. 

 
 Conference papers
 "Ortega y Gasset y la reivindicación del ensayo (ed. J. Lasaga et al.), Ortega en pasado y en futuro (Madrid: Biblioteca Nueva / Fundación Ortega y Gasset, 2007).
 
 Other
 

“Austin Talk: Writers and Artists in the History of Mexico,” English translation of Octavio Paz, “Charla de Austin: Escritores y artistas en la historia de México,” a talk first published in Literal: Latin American Voices, No. 20 (spring 2010). Facing translation in online edition.

 
 

“The Democratic Labyrinth,” English translation of José Woldenberg, “El laberinto democrático,” in Literal: Latin American Voices, No. 22 (fall 2010): 10-11. Facing translation in text and online editions.

 
 

R. Lane Kauffmann and Hector N. Urrutibéheity, "Catálogo 2010 de El Proyecto de Arte en Pozos, co-translation into Spanish of Geoff Winningham, Introduction to The Pozos Art Project: 2010 Catalogue ." 

 
 

R. Lane Kauffmann ""Julio Cortazar y la apropiacion del otro: 'Axolotl' como fabula etnografica"." Revista Mexicana de Sociologia, 4 (2001)

 
 

""En defensa de la teoria, o como no hacer estudios culturales" ." Estudios: Revista de Investigaciones Literarias, 14/15 (1999-2000) : 23-34.

 
 

R. Lane Kauffmann "Narrating the Other: Julio Cortazar's 'Axolotl' as Ethnographic Allegory." Primitivism and Identity in Latin America: Essays on Art, Literature and Culture (2000) : 135-55.

 
 

Kauffmann, R. Lane "Cuestionando al otro: experimentos dialogicos en Montaigne, Kafka y Cortazar." Revista Mexicana de Sociologia, LX, no. 1 (Jan-March 1998): 185-217..

 
 

Kauffmann, R. Lane "La narracion del otro: 'Axolotl' de Julio Cortazar como fabula etnografica." (Primitivism and Identity in Latin America) (1999) : University of Arizona Press.

 
 

Kauffmann, R. Lane "Nietzschean Traces in the Spanish Essayism of the Generation of 1898." Proceedings, Conference on the Generation of 1898 (April 1998)

 
Presentations
 Invited Papers
 

Sole presenter of paper.  "Contracorrientes de la modernidad en María Zambrano." Jornadas de Filosofía: El tiempo de despertar: La filosofía de María Zambrano , UNED - Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia - Madrid . (November 5, 2011)

 
 

One of four invited speakers, sole presenter of paper .  ""Las razones poéticas del diferendo filosófico entre José Ortega y Gasset y María Zambrano"." Spanish Ministry of Education, Spain's Embassy in U.S., University of Houston, and Rice University, University of Houston. (April 17, 2009)

 
 

Sole author and presenter.  "Transmigraciones del ensayismo español en el siglo XX." "La Escuela de Madrid" Seminar, sponsored by the Ortega y Gasset Foundation, Madrid, Spain. (December 11, 2008)

 
 Robert Lane Kauffmann, "Contra la tontería globalizada: Las falsas totalizaciones y su deconstrucción en las ficciones de Borges"
 
 

Sole presenter.  "Apostasy, a Post-Essay: The Human in Question." Americasn Comparative Literature Association, Princeton University. (March 23-26, 2006)

 
 

Sole presenter.  "Tropes for the Past in Larra, Machado, and Zambrano." International Association of Philosophy and Literature, Freiburg, Germany. (June 7, 2006)

 
 

Sole presenter.  "Criss-crossing Spanish Modernity: Unamuno and Ortega." International Association of Philosophy and Literature, Helsinki, Finland. (June 2-7, 2005)

 
 

Sole presenter.  "Ortega y Gasset y la reivindicacion del ensayo." Fundacion Ortrega y Gasset /Universidad de Madrid - Complutense, Madrid, Spain. (October 18-21, 2005)

 
 

Presented.  "Non-Cartesian Materialities in the European Essay, 1900-1950." International Association of Philosophy and Literature / Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York. (May 23, 2004)

 
 

Presented.  "Una intrusa y una subversiva: dos personajes de Borges." Asociacion Internacional de Hispanistas / Instituto Tecnologico de Monterrey, Monterrey, Mexico. (July 21, 2004)

 
 

"Eduardo Nicol's View of Hispanidad and the Mission of Hispanic Philosophy." Latin American Studies Association conference, Dallas, Texas. (March 29, 2003)

 
 Invited Talks
 

"Meditaciones del Quijote (de José Ortega y Gasset) en su primer centenario." Invited talk given to Spanish Department faculty and students of Texas A & M International University, Laredo, Texas, April 4, 2014.

 
 

Sole presenter.  ""Eduardo Nicol y la dificil superacion de las circunstancias"." "Somos Memoria: La Escuela de Madrid y el exilio de 1939" (international conference) , Cervantes Institute, Berlin, Germany. (June 7, 2013)

 
 

One of four invited speakers on panel moderated by Valerie Miles (Publishing Director, Granta Magazine).  "Invited remarks at promotion of anthology, Spain's Great Untranslated, ed Javier Aparicio et. al. (2013).." Cultural Office, Spanish Embassy in Washington, DC , Brazos Bookstore, Houston. (October 2, 2013)

 
 

Sole presenter of paper.  "Sobre el diferendo entre María Zambrano y José Ortega y Gasset." Jornadas de Filosofía: María Zambrano y los sueños de la razón poética , UNED - Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia (Madrid). (June 20, 2011)

 
 L'essai: La liberté de l'esprit (Colloquium title)
 
 Keynote Speaker
 

Organized colloquium and gave keynote talk, at request of IHCH.  ""El buen utopismo: Dos ensayos de traducción literaria."." Institute of Hispanic Culture, Houston, Houston, Texas. (April 24, 2010)

 
 R. Lane Kauffmann, "Las fortunas del ensayo en la época franquista y en el siglo XX español", keynote lecture to open public colloquium on "Exilios y Ensayos Españoles, 1939-1975". Institute of Hispanic Culture-Houston, December 8, 2007.
 
 Other
 

Presenter/Discussant.  "Palabras para el mundo (Publ. Juan de la Cuesta, 2011) y la recepción de María Zambrano en los Estados Unidos   ." Jornadas de Filosofiía: María Zambrano: Los sueños de la razón vital , UNED - Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia - Madrid. (June 20, 2011)

 
 

sole author.  "L'ame en espreuve: Essayistic Identity in Montaigne." Sixteenth Century Studies Conference, San Antonio, Texas. (October 26, 2002)

 
 

sole author.  "Mimesis and Essayism in Modern Spanish Philosophy." International Association of Philosophy and Literature, Rotterdam, Netherlands. (June 5, 2002)

 
 

Organized, introduced, and moderated colloquium.  "The Invention of Landscape in Spanish Art, Literature and Culture, 1850-2000." Colloquium sponsored by Hispanic Studies and School of Humanities, Rice University. (April 12, 2002) With Main speakers: Professors Lee Fontanella, Gayana Jurkevich, and Thomas Mermall

 
 

"Landscapes and Points of View: Ortega y Gasset's Perspectivism in Theory and Practice." Midwest Modern Language Association, Cleveland, Ohio. (November 2, 2001)

 
 

"German and Spanish Theories of the Essay: 1910-1939." Comparative Literature Section, South Central Modern Language Association, Memphis, Tennessee. (October 29, 1999)

 
 

"Jose Ortega y Gasset, Inventor of the Spanish 'Generacion del 98'." Hispanic Studies Faculty Colloquium, Rice University. (March 3, 1999)

 
 

"Lyotard Landscape." Carolina Conference on Romance Literatures, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. (March 18, 1999)

 
 

"Ortega y Gasset's 'Phantom Generation' of 1898." Princeton University, Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, Princeton, New Jersey. (March 30, 1999)

 
 

"Jose Ortega y Gasset: Critic or Confrere of the Generation of '98?'." South Central Modern Language Association, New Orleans, Louisiana. (November 13, 1998)

 
 Panelist
 

Sole presenter of refereed paper at international conference.  ""Hacia un ensayo transhispánico en dos filósofos españoles exiliados"." "La dimensión transnacional del ensayo hispánico", KU-Leuven, Belgium. (November 29, 2013)

 
 

Sole presenter of paper.  ""Pliant Time in the Fictions of Jorge Luis Borges"." 36th annual conference, International Association for Philosophy and Literature, Talinn University, Estonia. (June 1, 2012)

 
 

Sole presenter.  ""Blurred Differences: Eduardo Nicol's Problem with Hispanic Philosophy."." International Association of Philosophy and Literature/University of Regina, Saskatchewan , Canada. (May 25, 2010)

 
 Special Panel on "Local Memory, Global Amnesia: Art, Community, and Remembering," held July 3, 2008 as part of "Global Arts, Local Knowledge," 32nd annual conference of IAPL. Conference held June 30-July 6, 2008.
 
 Seminar Speaker
 

One of four invited speakers.  ""Ortega and Paz, face à face."." Octavio Paz Roundtable: Mexico, Revolution, and Intellectuals in the Twentieth Century, Rice University. (November 19, 2010)

 
Editorial Positions
 Other, Arena Romanistica (International interdisciplinary journal of Romance Studies). (2009 - 2014)

 Other, Investigaciones Fenomenológicas (Spain). (2012 - 2014)

 Other, Arena Romanistica (Journal of Romance Studies) . Host institution: University of Bergen, Norway. (2010 - 2010)

 Other, Arena Romanistica, Journal of Romance Studies. University of Bergen, Norway. (2009 - 2009)

 Other, Arena Romanistica (International interdisciplinary journal of Romance Studies). (2012 - 2012)

 Other, Arena Romanistica (Scientific Committee, International interdisciplinary journal of Romance Studies). (2011 - 2011)

Supervised Theses & Dissertations
 April Ewing, M.A. in Hispanic Studies Three Versions of Don Juan (1926-29). (2003) (Thesis Committee Member)

 Roger López, Ph.D. "The Value of Society and Solitude in Emerson and Unamuno". (2010) (Thesis Committee Member)

 Beth Howes, M.A in Hispanic Studies The Genres of 'Delirio y destino' by María Zambrano. (Thesis Director)

Positions Held
 Advisory Council, Department of Spanish and Portuguese Languages and Cultures, Princeton University. (2003 - 2003)

 Board of Directors, Institute of Hispanic Culture, Houston. (2005 - 2005)

 Board of Directors, Institute of Hispanic Culture, Houston. (2004 - 2004)