Hispanic Poetry and World War I (NeMLA 2019)
CFP for a panel I am organizing at the 2019 meeting of NeMLA in Washington, DC (March 21 to 24). To submit a proposal, please go to https://www.buffalo.edu/nemla/convention/callforpapers.html. The panel description is as follows:
Coinciding with the centenary of World War I’s long resolution (from the November 1918 Armistice to the Treaty of Versailles of June 1919), this panel will work to understand the ways the Great War shaped poetry written in Spanish. World War I’s military engagements did not arrive directly to the Hispanic world, but it was nonetheless a fully global phenomenon of vast social, political, economic, and artistic consequences for nearly all the planet’s inhabitants. One hundred years on, we still live in its wake. This panel seeks scholarship on poets who addressed the war explicitly, like Chilean bon vivant Vicente Huidobro or the ultraístas of Madrid, as well as contributions on poets whose work, to this day, is shaped by the war’s complex legacy.
In recent years scholars of the “new” modernist studies have actively reimagined their canons and priorities. This scholarly expansion has had many salutary results, including Jahan Ramazani’s subtly articulated “transnational poetics,” but broad discussions of the literature of the beginning of the twentieth century still often ignore or elide the Hispanic world. This panel intends to develop remedies to this common omission. In thinking of the war’s lasting impact, what methodologies might we deploy to bring Hispanic poetry into conversation with the many aspects and iterations of global modernism implicated in the first truly global conflict?
With clear recourse to the historical legacy of World War I, papers might address such topics as: globalization and conflict, cosmopolitanism and colonialism, the rural and the urban, gender and modernity, poetry and politics, the aesthetic value of novelty, poetry and technology, and many others.