Boston, MA, USA
Event: NEMLA 2020
From the very first literary texts produced in Latin American soil by early European colonizers to the most recent literary manifestations of cosmopolitanism, one of the themes that has defined the literature of the continent has been the quest for its place within the cultural map of the world. This phenomenon has been fundamental for the development, formation, and transformation of Latin American literatures, particularly during the 20th and 21st centuries. Many projects of cosmopolitanism have sparked during the past two centuries and have redefined the networks of cultural dialogues between Latin America and the world. At the turn of the past century modernistas and vanguardistas proposed innovative views of cosmopolitanism that bridged local and global cultural practices. Later, the aesthetics and politics of Magical Realism and the Latin American “boom” became a global phenomenon and drastically transformed the presence of the Latin American letters around the globe. Lastly, in recent years, the reality of globalization, industrialization, circulation of peoples and knowledge, and hyper-connectivity have dramatically modified the ways in which the literary productions of the continent place themselves in the global literary map. This session seeks to open a space of discussion around the different literary manifestations of Latin American cosmopolitanism, cultural cartographies of global connectivity. We invite papers dealing with the questions of the global novel, cosmopolitanism, dialogues between peripheral literatures, Hispanic orientalism and exoticism, and the place of Latin American letters in World Literature.
(Selected presentations will be invited to submit an article-length version to be considered for an edited volume around Latin American Cosmopolitanisms)
Marco Ramirez Rojas