Rocky Mountain Review 
of Language and Literature

Volume 68, Number 1 
Spring 2014


Anthony Cárdenas-Rotunno 
University of New Mexico

This study uses “Fat Studies” as a springboard to examine girth in Cervantes’s Don Quixote. Its purpose is to establish that the Spaniard, like some of his contemporary English writers, held no prejudice toward fatness. Modern views on this condition must not be applied to artistic creations of his period, as some critics have attempted to do. Cervantes’s intent, as here documented, was to have readers laugh with, rather than laugh at, a portly Sancho Panza or at any of the corpulent, lower-class wenches included throughout the novel.

Irene Checa-Garcia and Conxita Domènech 
University of Wyoming

En este ensayo proponemos articular la enseñanza de un curso de metodología pedagógica de una L2 entorno a un portafolio académico. El portafolio se confecciona siguiendo tres fases: preparación de materiales, aplicación de aquello aprendido y reflexión sobre los resultados de la aplicación. Seguidamente exponemos el orden cronológico del portafolio, así como su organización de cara al mundo laboral. Concluimos con tres valores pedagógicos y cómo el portafolio ayuda a conseguirlos: uso de macroestrategias que inspiren los documentos del portafolio, énfasis en el valor de una práctica reflexiva del futuro docente y una aplicación de teorías que no esté descontextualizada.

David Mittelman 
Brown University

Um dos maiores romances do século XX, Grande Sertão: Veredas de João Guimarães Rosa tem sido objeto de várias abordagens filosóficas. Este trabalho mostra o poder interpretativo de uma abordagem crítica que enfatiza a importância da epistemologia dentro da narrativa. Uma leitura cuidadosa do ceticismo do narrador Riobaldo nos permite ver como a narração magistral de Guimarães Rosa levanta uma série de questões filosóficas—entre elas o conflito filosófico contemporâneo entre realismo e relativismo, a tese platônica de convencionalismo linguístico e o método de dúvida do meditador cartesiano—tratadas como problemas vividos e experimentados, e não apenas teóricos ou teorizados.


Reviews are published in alphabetical order according to the name of the author reviewed.

In Translation. Translators on Their Work and What it Means, by Esther Allen and Susan Bernofsky, eds.
Reviewer: Daniel C. Villanueva

Incredible Modernism: Literature, Trust, and Deception, by John Attridge and Rod Rosenquist, eds.
Reviewer: Thomas P. Fair

No One Is Here Except All of Us, by Ramona Ausubel.
Reviewer: Helga Lénárt-Cheng

Gay Press, Gay Power: The Growth of LGBT Community Newspapers in America, by Tracy Baim, ed.
Reviewer: Holly Tipton Hamby

Stay, Illusion, by Lucie Brock-Broido.
Reviewer: Molly Desjardins

Once Upon a Time Machine, by Andrew Carl, ed. 
Reviewer: Mark W. Woodring

Shakespeare: The King’s Man, by Steven Clarke, dir. and prod.
Reviewer: Jeffery Moser

Uncivil Wars: Elena Garro, Octavio Paz, and the Battle for Cultural Memory, by Sandra Messinger Cypress.
Reviewer: Elena Foulis

Joyce’s Love Stories, by Christopher DeVault.
Reviewer: Marshall Johnson

A History of Ecology and Environmentalism in Spanish American Literature, by Scott M. DeVries.
Reviewer: Katherine Karr-Cornejo

Glimpses of Phoenix: The Desert Metropolis in Written and Visual Media, by David William Foster.
Reviewer: Eric Blackburn

The Kraus Project, by Jonathan Franzen, ed. and trans. 
Reviewer: Daniel C. Villanueva

E.D.E.N. Southworth: Recovering a Nineteenth-Century Popular Novelist, by Melissa J. Homestead and Pamela T. Washington, eds.
Reviewer: Autumn Lauzon

Women and the Divine in Literature before 1700: Essays in Memory of Margot Louis, by Kathryn Kerby-Fulton.
Reviewer: Misty Urban

Being American in Europe: 1750-1860, by Daniel Kilbride.
Reviewer: Andrew P. White

Eni Furtado no ha dejado de correr, by Alicia Kozameh.
Reviewer: Janis Breckenridge

Jaiku compostelano, by Joy Landeira.
Reviewer: Gustavo Pérez Firmat

Elizabeth von Arnim: Beyond the German Garden, by Isobel Maddison.
Reviewer: Albrecht Classen

Conversations Across Our America: Talking About Immigration and the Latinoization of the United States, by Louis G. Mendoza.
Reviewer: Elena Foulis

Lessons from the Heartland. A Turbulent Half-Century. Public Education in an Iconic American City, by Barbara J. Miner.
Reviewer: Juan J. Colomina

Somewhere Nowhere: Lives Without Homes, by Gareth Morris, Sam Dahl, Philip Brown, Lisa Scullion and Peter Somerville,eds.
Reviewer: Janis Breckenridge

Devil’s Tango: How I Learned the Fukushima Step by Step, by Cecile Pineda.
Reviewer: Louise E. Stoehr

Nobody’s Business: Twenty-First Century Avant-Garde Poetics, by Brian M. Reed.
Reviewer: Ingo R. Stoehr

Periods in Pop Culture: Menstruation in Film and Television, by Lauren Rosewarne.
Reviewer: Dustin Freeley

The Light that Puts an End to Dreams: New and Selected Poems, by Susan Sherman.
Reviewer: Dorsía Smith Silva

Surviving Minidoka: The Legacy of WWII Japanese American Incarceration, by Russel M. Tremayne and Todd Shallat, eds.
Reviewer: Joy Landeira