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Frans Weiser

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Frans Weiser
Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature and Latin American Studies
LACS Academic Advisor
235 Joseph Brown Hall

Frans Weiser is Assistant Professor in the Department of Comparative Literature and the Latin American and Caribbean Studies Institute. Before joining the University of Georgia, he received his Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts and held a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh. His research focuses on the intersections between American and Latin American studies, literary and cultural studies, contemporary literature and historiography, and adaptation studies. He has published articles in journals such as Rethinking History, ClioHispania, and Estudos de literatura brasileira contemporânea about topics including contemporary Luso-Hispanic and ethnic American historical fiction and film.

His current book project Hemispheric False Documents: The Lost Decade and the Ends of History examines the political ends to which historical representation was employed in the Americas during the final decades of the Cold War. Examining the conflicting descriptions of the Americas afforded by Latin America’s so-called “lost decade” and Francis Fukuyama’s claims regarding the end of history and the ascendancy of U.S. capitalism, the project demonstrates that on a cultural level the regions experienced a return to history. Focusing on the period between the end of Pan-Americanism in the 1960s and the rise of hemispheric and borde studies in the 1990s, the project resituates the prism of nationalism through which writers and journalists from Brazil, Hispanic America, and the United States have most commonly been classified. Weiser contextualizes the concurrent and overlapping cultural shifts in historiography and literary studies to demonstrate how a shared tendency towards appropriating the conventions and codes of historiography served as a strategic form of historical revision across the hemisphere despite divergent political realities.. In response to questions of disciplinary exceptionalism, he endorses the Inter-American paradigm as a point of mediation between American and Latin American studies.

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