Rocky Mountain Review

71-1-2017 | Spring 2017 



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


Gabinete de curiosidades: Interrupción y percepción del otro a través del lenguaje oral en la novela Periférica BlvdÓpera Rock-ocó de Adolfo Cárdenas Franco

Blanca Aranda Gómez García, Western Washington University

Periférica Blvd. Ópera Rock-Ocó (2004), de Adolfo Cárdenas Franco, presenta una ciudad en la que los espacios comportan características propias a un gabinete barroco de curiosidades. Siguiendo la vena coleccionista, la novela presenta distintos tipos de texto que intervienen en la narración de la historia. Finalmente, a través de la colección de idiolectos, nos ingresa en el mundo de la oralidad discursiva y cultural. Las múltiples interrupciones del texto escrito obligan al lector a acercarse a la novela a partir de fragmentos que evitan órdenes establecidos, centralismos o jerarquías, logrando así el advenimiento de la percepción del Otro. 

Secret Keeping as Female Empowerment in Marcel Prévost’s Le jardin secret (1897)

Hope Christiansen, University of Arkansas

Marcel Prevost, in Le jardin secret,narrates the story of Marthe, a woman who discovers that her husband, fifteen years her senior, is leading a double life. Her initial reaction is to hire a detective who can obtain proof of his adultery before her filing for divorce. The discovery of her husband’s infidelity leads her to an examination of her past that resurrects her former self; it forces her to acknowledge that she too has long engaged in secret-keeping. Prévost centers his novel, a first-person narrative skewed toward the confessional, on the theme of secrecy, showing it as an empowering force that affords the heroine agency.

Laila Lalami: Narrating North African Migration to Europe

Cristián H. Ricci, University of California, Merced

Re-conceptualizing the idea of a “Moroccan” literature with regard to the transnational and plurilingual experiences from which it arises, this study advances a comparative outlook grounded in linguistic difference. Laila Lalami’s narrative not only reflects the current situation of the majority of Moroccans today, but also captures the experience of a fast growing number of individuals in migrant communities worldwide.


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


Transarea. A Literary History of Globalization, by Ottmar Ette, translated by Mark W. Person.

Reviewer: Camilo Jaramillo


Straight James/Gay James, by James Franco.

Reviewer: Daniel Cureton


Shirley Jackson: A Rather Haunted Life,byRuth Franklin. .

Reviewer: Darryl Hattenhauer


Lügen von gestern und heute, by Ursula Fricker.

Reviewer: Albrecht Classen


René Girard, Unlikely Apologist: Mimetic Theory and Fundamental Theology, byGrant Kaplan.

 Reviewer: John Herda


Homebound: Diaspora Spaces and Selves in Greek American Return Narratives, byEvangelia Kindinger.

Reviewer: Senaida Navar


Bruno regresa descalzo,by Alicia Kozameh.

Reviewer: Janis Breckenridge


Language for Specific Purposes: Trends in Curriculum Development, byMary K. Long.

Reviewer: Joy Landeira 


Literatura y ficción. La ruptura de la lógica ficcional, byAlfonso Martín Jiménez.

Reviewer: Lucía Hellín Nistal


Hidden Chicano Cinema: Film Dramas in the Borderlands, byA. Gabriel Meléndez.

Reviewer: Shelli Rottschafer


Art and Political Thought in Bole Butake., by Emmanuel Ngwang and Kenneth Usongo.

Reviewer: Jeffery Moser


The Calculus of Falling Bodies: Poems, by Geoff Rips.

Reviewer: Ingo R. Stoehr


Voices of the Undocumented,by Val Rosenfeld and Florence Fortunati.

Reviewer: Daniel C. Villanueva


The Hotel Years, by Joseph Roth, translated by Michael Hofmann.

Reviewer: Daniel C. Villanueva


This River Here: Poems of San Antonio, by Carmen Tafolla.

Reviewer: Jeffery Moser


Blood Flower: New Poems, byPamela Uschuk.

Reviewer: Sean H. Jenkins


Sterling Keynote

The text of the Sterling Keynote Address given at the 2016 Annual Convention

October 6, 2016


Mimi R. Gladstein, University of Texas at El Paso

“Falala, Lala, Lala, Lala.”