Latin American Literature and the Great War

Latin American Literature and the Great War : On the Globality of World War I

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This book explores the ways in which Latin American poets, novelists, journalists, public intellectuals, and a vast number of unknown soldier-memorialists produced aesthetic and political discourses on World War I as a Latin American literary event. Siskind presents a unified Latin American corpus that sheds light on the possibility of understanding World War I not just as a European affair, but also as a privileged symbolic horizon against which some of the most important Latin American writers of that period worked through collective and individual anxieties. This corpus sheds light on the interwoven meaning of the nation, modernity, cosmopolitan ethical demands, and the globalization of mass violence. The book interrogates wars (and world wars in particular) as they break down and rearrange the spatial meaning of particular world mappings, and how Latin American writers anxious about their place in the universalized order of modernity might have perceived these shifts as an opportunity to negotiate symbolic re-inscriptions of their political and aesthetic horizon. Looking at texts on ruins and trenches, on spies and politics, on everyday life and affective engagements with the traumatic core of the war, this book unveils a historical and literary archive that reconceptualizes and expands the globality of World War I, inscribing Latin American writers in its discursive making. It proposes productive dialogues and polemics with the fields of British, French, and German war literature (whether modernist, moralist, or sentimental), as well as with the emerging critical discourses of postcolonial war literature and global more

Product details

  • Hardback | 228 pages
  • 152 x 229mm
  • Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 113892413X
  • 9781138924130

About Mariano Siskind

Mariano Siskind is John L. Loeb Associate Professor of the Humanities in the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures at Harvard University, more

Table of contents

Introduction: War and the Politics of Affective Distance 1. Abstract Sorrow and the Reality of the Ruins: Modernistas at War 2. Gender, Secrecy and Espionage: Gomez Carrillo, Mata Hari and the Opacity of Identity 3. Intimate Witnesses: Diaries and Personal Records from the Trenches 4. Poet-Soldiers and Their Dislocated Homecomings 5. The Homefront: War and Peace in Brazil and Argentinashow more