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Frans Weiser

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Assistant Professor
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235 Joseph E Brown Hall
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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, Clio, Hispania, and Estudos de literatura brasileira contemporânea about topics including contemporary Luso-Hispanic and ethnic American historical fiction and film. 

 

His current book project Revising the Lost Decade: Transnational Reconsideration of the Ends of History and American Studies examines the political ends to which historical representation has been employed in the Americas during the last half of the twentieth century. Critiquing Francis Fukuyama’s claims regarding the end of history and the ascendancy of U.S. capitalism, the project examines the return to history that took place during the 1980s, and analyzes literature from across the Americas that represented Inter-American spaces shaped by the Cold War. Weiser contextualizes the concurrent and overlapping cultural shifts in historiography and literary studies to demonstrate how these texts, which appropriate the conventions and codes of historiography, provide a more constructive means of historical revision than the predominant models of poststructural skepticism. 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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