“If we build it, will they come?” Iberian studies as a field of dreams

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Abstract

It is perhaps rather unconventional to start an analysis of what the academic discipline of Iberian studies is or could be by referring to an American sports film, Field of Dreams (1989). Nevertheless, I hope to show that some interesting connections can be made by relating the fantasy that the film‘s plot is built upon to the underlying assumptions that have sustained the field of Spanish studies, and the new epistemological spaces that the disciplinary paradigm of Iberian studies can open up. Allow me, then, to talk a bit about Field of Dreams. While popular in its time, it is safe to say that its most ardent fans are not academics, many of whom surely are not interested in a film about baseball and the rural mid-west. In fact, I must confess that I myself have no interest whatsoever in, and even less knowledge of, baseball. I am interested in and know something about the rural mid-west because I live near it, at least technically speaking. I say “technically” because my own professional location in a major research university town where most professors, in fact, come from the east or west coasts, if not from other countries, locates me in what many of my colleagues literally call (with relief and in a positive sense) “an island” within the mainland. On the other hand, many of the actual farmers that live not far from our university town view our metaphorical distance from their own location with disdain, unfailingly pointing out our collective academic snobbery, the lack of usefulness of our work (particularly in the humanities) and our unawareness of what “real” America is or should be. I will come back to two of these concepts: academic island and “real America”—or “real” anywhere, for that matter. For now, let me address what I perceive to be the explicit connections between this Hollywood film and the emerging discipline to which the present volume is dedicated.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationIberian Modalities
Subtitle of host publicationA Relational Approach to the Study of Culture in the Iberian Peninsula
EditorsJoan Ramon Resina
PublisherLiverpool University Press
Pages37-53
Number of pages17
ISBN (Electronic)9781846317880
ISBN (Print)9781846318337
DOIs
StatePublished - 2013

Fingerprint

Epistemological
Unawareness
Relief
Research Universities
Academic Discipline
Hollywood Film
Fantasy
Usefulness
Coast
Farmers
Paradigm
Plot
Snobbery

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities(all)

Cite this

Delgado, L. E. (2013). “If we build it, will they come?” Iberian studies as a field of dreams. In J. Ramon Resina (Ed.), Iberian Modalities: A Relational Approach to the Study of Culture in the Iberian Peninsula (pp. 37-53). Liverpool University Press. https://doi.org/10.5949/liverpool/9781846318337.003.0003

“If we build it, will they come?” Iberian studies as a field of dreams. / Delgado, Luisa Elena.

Iberian Modalities: A Relational Approach to the Study of Culture in the Iberian Peninsula. ed. / Joan Ramon Resina. Liverpool University Press, 2013. p. 37-53.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Delgado, LE 2013, “If we build it, will they come?” Iberian studies as a field of dreams. in J Ramon Resina (ed.), Iberian Modalities: A Relational Approach to the Study of Culture in the Iberian Peninsula. Liverpool University Press, pp. 37-53. https://doi.org/10.5949/liverpool/9781846318337.003.0003
Delgado LE. “If we build it, will they come?” Iberian studies as a field of dreams. In Ramon Resina J, editor, Iberian Modalities: A Relational Approach to the Study of Culture in the Iberian Peninsula. Liverpool University Press. 2013. p. 37-53 https://doi.org/10.5949/liverpool/9781846318337.003.0003
Delgado, Luisa Elena. / “If we build it, will they come?” Iberian studies as a field of dreams. Iberian Modalities: A Relational Approach to the Study of Culture in the Iberian Peninsula. editor / Joan Ramon Resina. Liverpool University Press, 2013. pp. 37-53
@inbook{5f2fba120e3947809dc6cf68993342c7,
title = "“If we build it, will they come?” Iberian studies as a field of dreams",
abstract = "It is perhaps rather unconventional to start an analysis of what the academic discipline of Iberian studies is or could be by referring to an American sports film, Field of Dreams (1989). Nevertheless, I hope to show that some interesting connections can be made by relating the fantasy that the film‘s plot is built upon to the underlying assumptions that have sustained the field of Spanish studies, and the new epistemological spaces that the disciplinary paradigm of Iberian studies can open up. Allow me, then, to talk a bit about Field of Dreams. While popular in its time, it is safe to say that its most ardent fans are not academics, many of whom surely are not interested in a film about baseball and the rural mid-west. In fact, I must confess that I myself have no interest whatsoever in, and even less knowledge of, baseball. I am interested in and know something about the rural mid-west because I live near it, at least technically speaking. I say “technically” because my own professional location in a major research university town where most professors, in fact, come from the east or west coasts, if not from other countries, locates me in what many of my colleagues literally call (with relief and in a positive sense) “an island” within the mainland. On the other hand, many of the actual farmers that live not far from our university town view our metaphorical distance from their own location with disdain, unfailingly pointing out our collective academic snobbery, the lack of usefulness of our work (particularly in the humanities) and our unawareness of what “real” America is or should be. I will come back to two of these concepts: academic island and “real America”—or “real” anywhere, for that matter. For now, let me address what I perceive to be the explicit connections between this Hollywood film and the emerging discipline to which the present volume is dedicated.",
author = "Delgado, {Luisa Elena}",
year = "2013",
doi = "10.5949/liverpool/9781846318337.003.0003",
language = "English (US)",
isbn = "9781846318337",
pages = "37--53",
editor = "{Ramon Resina}, Joan",
booktitle = "Iberian Modalities",
publisher = "Liverpool University Press",

}

TY - CHAP

T1 - “If we build it, will they come?” Iberian studies as a field of dreams

AU - Delgado, Luisa Elena

PY - 2013

Y1 - 2013

N2 - It is perhaps rather unconventional to start an analysis of what the academic discipline of Iberian studies is or could be by referring to an American sports film, Field of Dreams (1989). Nevertheless, I hope to show that some interesting connections can be made by relating the fantasy that the film‘s plot is built upon to the underlying assumptions that have sustained the field of Spanish studies, and the new epistemological spaces that the disciplinary paradigm of Iberian studies can open up. Allow me, then, to talk a bit about Field of Dreams. While popular in its time, it is safe to say that its most ardent fans are not academics, many of whom surely are not interested in a film about baseball and the rural mid-west. In fact, I must confess that I myself have no interest whatsoever in, and even less knowledge of, baseball. I am interested in and know something about the rural mid-west because I live near it, at least technically speaking. I say “technically” because my own professional location in a major research university town where most professors, in fact, come from the east or west coasts, if not from other countries, locates me in what many of my colleagues literally call (with relief and in a positive sense) “an island” within the mainland. On the other hand, many of the actual farmers that live not far from our university town view our metaphorical distance from their own location with disdain, unfailingly pointing out our collective academic snobbery, the lack of usefulness of our work (particularly in the humanities) and our unawareness of what “real” America is or should be. I will come back to two of these concepts: academic island and “real America”—or “real” anywhere, for that matter. For now, let me address what I perceive to be the explicit connections between this Hollywood film and the emerging discipline to which the present volume is dedicated.

AB - It is perhaps rather unconventional to start an analysis of what the academic discipline of Iberian studies is or could be by referring to an American sports film, Field of Dreams (1989). Nevertheless, I hope to show that some interesting connections can be made by relating the fantasy that the film‘s plot is built upon to the underlying assumptions that have sustained the field of Spanish studies, and the new epistemological spaces that the disciplinary paradigm of Iberian studies can open up. Allow me, then, to talk a bit about Field of Dreams. While popular in its time, it is safe to say that its most ardent fans are not academics, many of whom surely are not interested in a film about baseball and the rural mid-west. In fact, I must confess that I myself have no interest whatsoever in, and even less knowledge of, baseball. I am interested in and know something about the rural mid-west because I live near it, at least technically speaking. I say “technically” because my own professional location in a major research university town where most professors, in fact, come from the east or west coasts, if not from other countries, locates me in what many of my colleagues literally call (with relief and in a positive sense) “an island” within the mainland. On the other hand, many of the actual farmers that live not far from our university town view our metaphorical distance from their own location with disdain, unfailingly pointing out our collective academic snobbery, the lack of usefulness of our work (particularly in the humanities) and our unawareness of what “real” America is or should be. I will come back to two of these concepts: academic island and “real America”—or “real” anywhere, for that matter. For now, let me address what I perceive to be the explicit connections between this Hollywood film and the emerging discipline to which the present volume is dedicated.

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?scp=84923617723&partnerID=8YFLogxK

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/citedby.url?scp=84923617723&partnerID=8YFLogxK

U2 - 10.5949/liverpool/9781846318337.003.0003

DO - 10.5949/liverpool/9781846318337.003.0003

M3 - Chapter

AN - SCOPUS:84923617723

SN - 9781846318337

SP - 37

EP - 53

BT - Iberian Modalities

A2 - Ramon Resina, Joan

PB - Liverpool University Press

ER -