De la Nocilla al Post-post-boom: New Approaches to Tradition in Spain and Latin America

deadline for submissions: 
September 30, 2020
full name / name of organization: 
José Pablo Barragán (Holy Family University)
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The last two decades have witnessed an explosion of literary works that adapt, challenge and elaborate the narrative and lyrical traditions of the Spanish-speaking world. From the neorrural novel of Spain to the Mexican ‘Generación del Crack’, from the neoclassical poetry of Aurora Luque and Juan Antonio González Iglesias to the experimental artifacts of Agustín Fernández Mallo or Pablo Katchadjian, novelists and poets in Spain and Latin America have reimagined their literary traditions and adapted them to the new realities of the 21st century.

This panel will examine the uses of tradition in the contemporary literary production of Spain and Latin America, paying special attention to approaches that adopt intercultural and/or cross-cultural theoretical frameworks. More particularly, this panel will examine how contemporary authors (re)use their literary traditions to address issues such as globalization and multiculturalism, memory and nostalgia, immigration and diaspora, climate change, etc.; and how they reshape and redefine the limits of both identity and cultural production in our contemporary societies. In conclusion, this panel will shed new light on the key concepts of innovation and tradition in the literary productions of Spain and Latin America, and it will help to rethink and update their roles and boundaries in our rapidly evolving world.

We invite papers that explore new uses of tradition in contemporary Spanish and Latin American literary productions. We especially welcome papers that examine how innovation and tradition respond to and intertwine with critical contemporary issues such as globalization, multiculturalism, immigration, diaspora, and climate change.

Submissions in English and Spanish.

Please contact Jose Pablo Barragán (jpbarragann@gmail.com) with any questions.