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British Modernism and the Latin American Literary Boom

Spokane, Washington
Organization: Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association (RMMLA)
Categories: Hispanic & Latino, Comparative, British, Genre & Form, Literary Theory, World Literatures, 20th & 21st Century, Poetry
Event Date: 2017-10-12 to 2017-10-14 Abstract Due: 2017-02-24

British Modernism and the Latin American Literary Boom

RMMLA 2017
October 12-14 2017
Spokane, Washington

Recent critical investigations such as Deborah Cohn’s The Latin American Literary Boom and US Nationalism during the Cold War (2012) have begun to unravel the complex history of the internationalization of Latin American Literature in the late twentieth century. Although it has been established that key figures in the Boom, including Gabriel García Márquez, Jorge Luis Borges, Julio Cortázar, and Carlos Fuentes were influenced by British modernism, less attention has been paid to the intricate transnational nature of these exchanges. This panel seeks to inquire into these intricacies and their after-effects, and with them, the attendant concerns within translation, publishing, and cultural production as well as with larger questions surrounding the ethics of representation, tensions between global and local culture, and literature’s ability to remake history.

This panel welcomes diverse perspectives on the transnational nature of the Boom within Britain and Latin American. Papers discussing precursors to the Boom, such as the influence of European and British surrealism upon the Nicaraguan Vanguardia movement, are as equally welcome as discussions of the influence of Latin American writing upon late twentieth-century British writing, for example on the use of magical realism within the work of Angela Carter. In addition to these concerns, this panel welcomes papers inquiring into the following questions:

- How might we be able to understand or reconfigure Latin American literature from the Boom within the context of global literatures? What are the limits and problematics of this association?

- Which modernist formal devices might have been particularly influential for writers of the Latin American Boom? Which Latin American literary devices have been particularly influential for British writers? What can these exchanges tell us about literature and representation?

- How might we be able to contextualize feminism, race, or intersectional theories of these and transnational approaches to the Latin American Literary Boom?

- How can we understand the Boom within the context of international development, its fictions, and its transatlantic associations?

- How can the Boom be understood within the context of continuing transatlantic migration and interaction between Europe and South America?

- What can British-Latin American literary connections tell us about twentieth-century global avant-garde movements?

- What perspectives are left out of transnational discussions? How might theories from indigenous studies or radically hybrid local theories upset or displace transnational theories concerning British-Latin American connections?

Please send abstracts of 300-500 words to Madden Swan at madden.swan@gmail.com along with a short bio and A/V requirements by February 24, 2017. Presenters will be notified whether or not their abstracts have been accepted by March 15, 2017. Additional information about the conference can be obtained at www.rmmla.org or by contacting me directly.


Madden Swan