Event Title

César Aira and Spanish Inheritors of the French Avant-Garde

Presenter Information

Emma Smart, Oberlin College

Location

Science Center, A254

Document Type

Presentation

Start Date

4-26-2013 2:45 PM

End Date

4-26-2013 3:45 PM

Abstract

Spanish-language writers have struggled with the lack of non-professionalized literary channels in their homelands, often looking to Paris’s avant-garde movements between the two World Wars [such as Surrealism] as a source of generative inspiration. This project examines the Argentine author César Aira, as well as Argentine writer/ cartoonist/ playwright Copi and Barcelonan novelist Enrique Vila-Matas, all of whom posit the French avant-garde as a center of gravity in their contemporary texts, exploring and adapting Surrealism’s methods in a literature of frenzied activity and continuum.

Notes

Session II, Panel 8: Requiems, Refusals, and Retreats: Studies in Spanish-language Literature (a bilingual presentation)
Moderator: Sebastiaan Faber, Professor of Hispanic Studies

Major

Comparative Literature

Advisor(s)

Patrick O'Connor, Comparative Literature; Hispanic Studies

Project Mentor(s)

Patrick O'Connor, Comparative Literature; Hispanic Studies

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Apr 26th, 2:45 PM Apr 26th, 3:45 PM

César Aira and Spanish Inheritors of the French Avant-Garde

Science Center, A254

Spanish-language writers have struggled with the lack of non-professionalized literary channels in their homelands, often looking to Paris’s avant-garde movements between the two World Wars [such as Surrealism] as a source of generative inspiration. This project examines the Argentine author César Aira, as well as Argentine writer/ cartoonist/ playwright Copi and Barcelonan novelist Enrique Vila-Matas, all of whom posit the French avant-garde as a center of gravity in their contemporary texts, exploring and adapting Surrealism’s methods in a literature of frenzied activity and continuum.