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Literatures of the Americas

Politics and Public Space in Contemporary Argentine Poetry

The Lyric and the State

Authors: Bollig, Ben

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  • Provides fresh perspectives on the connection between literature and public space through readings of contemporary Argentine poetry 
  • Brings together a range of significant contemporary poets, such as Sergio Raimondi, Andi Nachon, Ezequiel Zaidenwerg, Martín Gambarotta, and Marina Yuszczuk, with original translations of their works Challenges established ideas about the "death" of the lyric by examining the social function of poetry, particularly in terms of publishing, feminism, and cultural production.
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About this book

This book addresses the connection between political themes and literary form in the most recent Argentine poetry. Ben Bollig uses the concepts of “lyric” and “state” as twin coordinates for both an assessment of how Argentinian poets have conceived a political role for their work and how poems come to speak to us about politics. Drawing on concepts from contemporary literary theory, this striking study combines textual analysis with historical research to shed light on the ways in which new modes of circulation help to shape poetry today.

About the authors

Ben Bollig is Professor of Spanish-American Literature at Oxford University, UK and an editor of the Journal of Latin American Cultural Studies. His previous books include Néstor Perlongher and Modern Argentine Poetry: Displacement, Exile, Migration. He is the translator of Cristian Aliaga’s The Foreign Passion (Influx Press).

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“Ben Bollig’s book, on the recent political turn in Contemporary Argentine poetry, is at once authoritative, immensely knowledgeable, and readable. Its strength lies in a unique combination of skills: a well-digested and unobtrusive understanding of Latin American Cultural Studies; a confidently detailed grasp of Argentine politics; extensive research on circumstances of production, circulation, networks, and genre; and, crucially, close, intelligently contextualized, and subtle textual analysis of the works of five poets.” (Steven Boldy, Professor of Latin American Literature, University of Cambridge, UK)

“Ben Bollig poses a grand question for all of us: why does poetry matter? Focusing on Argentine poetry of the last two decades, Bollig expertly brings his inquiry to the doorstep of the political and, indeed, tests the ways in which contemporary issues--especially the legacy of dictatorship and the financial crisis of 2001—weigh upon the literary text. Acutely aware of the circulation of poetry and poets—through web sites, pop-up movements, and performance in public places—Bollig intertwines these stagings with a detailed and lucid account of five experimental writers of recent years. This is an ambitious study elucidating a cultural project that we won’t want to overlook.” (Francine Masiello, Professor of Comparative Literature and Spanish, University of California, Berkeley, USA)

Table of contents (8 chapters)

  • Introduction: The Lyric and the State

    Bollig, Ben

    Pages 1-32

  • Spaces and Circuits of Contemporary Argentine Poetry

    Bollig, Ben

    Pages 33-54

  • Martín Gambarotta: Narrative Verse and the Anti-Lyric

    Bollig, Ben

    Pages 55-99

  • From Objectivism to a New Epic: The Poetry and Poetic Activism of Sergio Raimondi

    Bollig, Ben

    Pages 101-141

  • “Vos y yo estamos acá.” Lyric/Non-Lyric and Public Space in the Poetry of Andi Nachon

    Bollig, Ben

    Pages 143-177

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eBook £63.99
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  • ISBN 978-1-137-58859-3
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover £79.99
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  • ISBN 978-1-137-59673-4
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover £79.99
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  • ISBN 978-1-349-95558-9
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  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Politics and Public Space in Contemporary Argentine Poetry
Book Subtitle
The Lyric and the State
Authors
Series Title
Literatures of the Americas
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-58859-3
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-58859-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-59673-4
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-95558-9
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VIII, 279
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