PAMLA 2013 (Nov 1-3): Writing Defeat: The Failure of Politics and the Politics of Failure in Contemporary Hispanic Literatures

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Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association; Sarah Thomas (NYU), Presiding Officer
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The twentieth and twenty-first centuries have seen a remarkable number of civil wars, dictatorships, and revolutions in the Spanish-speaking world. As a result, numerous writers have found themselves confronting political and personal losses. How is the experience of defeat written in contemporary Spanish and Latin American literatures? Can writing from a position of defeat be productive or dissident, or does the writing of defeat suppose the defeat of writing?