Hispanic Literature and Culture Journal Available Online

by Whitney Hale

(Oct. 3, 2014) — The 2014 issue of Nomenclatura: Aproximaciones a los estudios hispánicos, a publication dedicated to investigating Hispanic literatures and cultures, is now available online via UKnowledge through a collaboration between the University of Kentucky Department of Hispanic Studies and UK Libraries. This journal encourages work that employs innovative writing styles as well as formal scholarly work and is edited by graduate students from the Department of Hispanic Studies at UK.  

The first issue of Nomenclatura: Aproximaciones a los estudios hispánicos: “Acts of Remembering” was published in 2011 and edited by Alice Driver and Rebecca Pittenger. The second issue was edited by Jeffrey Zamostny and Grace Martin under the title of “Apocalypse and the End Times.”

The third issue, edited by Constantin C. Icleanu and María López-Soriano, is titled “At the Crossroads of Literature and Technology.” This volume foregrounds creative and academic contributions in English and Spanish from graduate students and early-career professors tackling the growing field that studies the interconnectivity of technology and literature. The authors therein attempt to answer the following defining questions:

  • how have changes in technology altered the way we identify ourselves and relate to others?
  • how do popular culture products reimagine the relationship between the body and technology?
  • how have blogs and other publishing platforms impacted Hispanic narrative forms?
  • has technology opened the door to increased literary production or has it obstructed its creation?

The online publishing of Nomenclatura via UKnowledge was make possible with the support and work of Susan Larson, associate professor of Spanish, and the journal's editorial team, as well as UK Libraries led by Adrian Ho, director of digital scholarship.

UK Libraries has provided free journal hosting services since the launch of UKnowledge in December 2010. With a state-of-the-art online platform, the system provides editors of UK-based journals with custom-designed sites and an online system to streamline the editorial process. UK Libraries-hosted journals have high visibility through search engine optimization, and authors receive monthly reports of the download counts of their articles. Additionally, UK Libraries undertakes the long-term preservation of the published contents to ensure perpetual access to them in the future. UK Libraries currently hosts five journals on UKnowledge.

Editors of UK-based journals can contact Adrian Ho at adrian.ho@uky.edu to explore opportunities for collaboration. 

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