CFP: [Theory] ACLA: Walter Benjamin in Latin America

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David Kelman
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"Walter Benjamin in Latin America"
Panel for 2008 American Comparative Literature Association Annual Meeting
April 24 - 27, 2008
California State University, Long Beach
Deadline for papers: November 15, 2007
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When did Walter Benjamin arrive in Latin America? Has this arrival
ever occurred, or is it always necessary to depart from Benjamin in
order to read his thought and politics in new contexts? This seminar
seeks to place Benjamin's work in the context of Latin American
literature and thought. While this task has been taken up in recent
years in relation to Argentine writers (such as Jorge Luis Borges) and
by Argentine theorists (such as Beatriz Sarlo), little attention has
been paid to the way Benjamin's thought resonates with other Latin
American writers. This session therefore proposes a comparative look
at the way Benjamin's writings intersect with the literature and
philosophy of Latin America. At the same time, this session seeks to
read our current critical moment, which includes a renewed attention
to Benjamin's theories, in relation to Latin America's literary and
cultural past. In the process, we will ask if this comparison
necessarily changes the way we read both Latin American texts and
Benjamin's work.

Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

- Benjamin's baroque and the Latin American baroque
- Theories of allegory
- Poetic theory and the heritage of the German romantics
- Translation theory
- Media theory
- Constellations and the notion of relation
- Historiography
- The messianic
- Politics and emerging spaces of community
- The experience of modernity, the experience of politics
- Surrealism
- Material culture
- Anticipations of Benjamin

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