CFP: [General] Latin American Modernismo Seminar. ACLA, March 26-29, 2009, Cambridge, MA

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Kelly Comfort
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Call for Papers for Seminar at the American Comparative Literature
Association's "Global Languages, Global Cultures" Conference on March 26-
29, 2009 in Cambridge, MA.

* Seminar Title: Latin American Modernismo: Negotiating the Foreign and
the Local, the Aesthetic and the Social

* Seminar Organizer: Kelly Comfort, Georgia Institute of Technology

* Seminar Description: Latin American modernismo has long been
characterized as a literary movement that borrows from and imitates
foreign, especially French, models and that produces escapist works that
privilege the purely aesthetic over the socially engaged. Recent studies
by González, Kirkpatrick, Jrade, Aching, Pineda Franco, and others,
however, question both of these descriptions by pointing out the
importance of local concerns and social critique in modernista texts.

The “Latin American Modernismo: Negotiating the Foreign and the Local,
the Aesthetic and the Social” seminar will assemble comparative papers
that critically reflect on the relationship between the dominant features
and aims of Latin American modernismo and the aestheticist, symbolist,
Parnassian, Pre-Raphaelite, or Generation of ‘98 movements in Europe. The
seminar organizer is particularly interested in transatlantic studies
that explore points of commonality and dissonance in the works of Latin
American modernistas (Martá , Gutiérrez Nájera, Darío, Silva, Casal,
Nervo, Lugones, Herrera y Reissig, Freyre, Rodá, etc.) vis-à -vis their
overseas European contemporaries (Gautier, Baudelaire, Huysmans,
Mallarmé, Pater, Wilde, Rossetti, Nietzsche, D’Annunzio, Valle Inclán,
etc.). Panelists should consider whether Latin America’s peripheral
status, uneven development, and delayed or stunted modernization has led
to preferences for the foreign over the local, the aesthetic over the
social or whether the Latin American context leads to an augmented
concern with the local, the national, the political, the economic, or,
simply put, with the social function of art and the artist among
modernista authors.

Papers may be presented in English or Spanish.


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