A Cartersville native is about to become a published author.
Dr. Adam Joseph Shellhorse, a 1996 graduate of Cartersville High School, will have his first book, “Anti-Literature: The Politics and Limits of Representation in Modern Brazil and Argentina,” published next month by University of Pittsburgh Press, Illuminations.
The assistant professor of Portuguese and Spanish at Temple University said he wrote the 264-page book, which includes 46 black-and-white Illustrations, because he “wished to explore the power and idea of modern literary writing in Latin America from the 1920s to the present.”
“Examining a diverse array of experimental texts from Brazil and Argentina that includes the visual arts and pop culture, I discovered and conceptualized what I call anti-literature, which allows for a new way of looking at literature today and its relationship to history, society and politics,” he said.
On his faculty page on the Temple website, Shellhorse said his book “articulates a rethinking of the fundamental concepts of what is meant by ‘literature’ in contemporary Latin American studies.”
“Through a multilayered theoretical analysis that engages the work of such writers as Clarice Lispector, Oswald de Andrade, the Brazilian Concrete poets, Osman Lins and David Viñas, the book addresses the problematic of experimental writing as a site for radical reflection and reaction to contemporary conditions,” he wrote. “In particular, I explore the importance of Brazil to the ongoing discussion about the ‘nature’ of Latin American literature and the need for a globally minded, inter-American framework. By paying especial attention to Brazilian and Argentine anti-literature as crucial to the rise of a new kind of thinking about literature, this book endeavors to change the larger discussion about the historical projection and critical force of Latin American literature.”
Shellhorse, who earned Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees from the University of Georgia, said the groundwork for his book began when he was working on his doctorate at the University of California, Berkeley.
“Going back to my doctoral studies at Berkeley, it took eight years of research, with several trips to archives in Brazil and Argentina, where I also interviewed major Brazilian and Argentine authors,” the Philadelphia resident said. “It took four years to write, mostly in Philadelphia.”
The paperback sells for $29.95 and is available on the University of Pittsburgh Press’ website, https://www.upress.pitt.edu/BookDetails.aspx?bookId=36720, and on Amazon, https://www.amazon.com/Anti-Literature-Politics-Representation-Argentina-Illuminations/dp/0822964473.
Though he left Cartersville in August 1996 to study literatures and languages at UGA, Shellhorse said his family, including his parents, Andrew Jerald Shellhorse and Joan Karam, has lived in the area “for many years.”
“My father served as Cartersville School Board president for a number of years — 1988-1991 — and on the board from 1984-1991,” said Shellhorse, who was president of his senior class.
He also credits his family for his love of literature.
“Growing up in Cartersville, I owe much to my late grandparents, Gerry and J.R. ‘Shelly’ Shellhorse and Mae and E.N. Hightower, who taught me about the importance of books,” he said.