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Political Dreams and Nightmares in Iberian and Latin American Literatures
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Spanish Graduate Students Committee-University of Chicago
Keynote Speaker: Arcadio Díaz-Quiñones
In addition to marking the 100th anniversary of the Mexican Revolution and Portugal’s becoming a republic, 2010 is a year of important bicentennials. 200 years ago, while Spain began to
The list of questions we hope to consider includes, but certainly is not limited to, the following:
• What are the political dreams and nightmares imagined in Iberian and Latin American literatures?
• How are political dreams (and nightmares) represented in the oral, written and visual cultures of the Iberian and Latin American world?
• How are politically significant moments portrayed? What textual strategies are employed in their representations? What are the metaphors used to mask political messages that
• How are conquests, re-conquests, emancipation, independence, revolutions, etc. imagined in Iberian and Latin American literatures?
• How do Medieval and/or Early Modern texts treat political ideas and programs? What are their political dreams and nightmares?
• How are these dreams and nightmares supported, challenged, celebrated, subverted or undermined in literary forms? When do dreams become nightmares?
• How does the author see his/her role when confronted with pressing political issues? How has the author’s relationship to politics changed and shifted? How does the author’s perspective on political events add to our historical knowledge of the past?
• How are political dreams and nightmares performed?
• How does language itself participate in the (de)construction of political movements?
• What political theories are expressed or implied through the dreams and nightmares of Hispanic literatures?
The conference organizing committee welcomes papers from all theoretical perspectives in English, Spanish or Portuguese. Interdisciplinary proposals are particularly encouraged.
Presentations should not exceed 20 minutes in length (7-8 typed pages, double-spaced).
The abstract deadline for the conference has been extended to JANUARY 15, 2011.
Abstracts of approximately 250 words may be sent as a Word attachment to: email@example.com.