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Nancy Buiza - Writing from the Wound: Literature and Disenchantment in Postwar Central America
Start Date: 12/12/2017Start Time: 4:15 PM
End Date: 12/12/2017End Time: 5:30 PM

Event Description:
Faculty Lecture Series Professor Buiza will examine how contemporary Central American writers have made literary art out of a heritage of violence, trauma, and social disaffection.

Torn by decades of civil war and political terror, and more recently by the depredations of neoliberalism and urban violence, Central America has been unkind to the artistic enterprise. And yet despite the adversity, its writers have in recent years managed to put Central America on the literary map. They have made a virtue of their situation by submitting their disillusionments, traumas, and dislocations to the discipline of art and have produced works of high literary achievement.

Of special interest in this presentation is the way in which these writers contend with the senseless modernity that radically remade Central American society after the era of civil wars had come to an end in the 1990s.

The “culture of peace” as a code of conduct promoted by market-oriented postwar reconstruction projects; the unresolved wartime traumas that have devastated the social fabric; the disenchantment that took root after the dreams for social utopia had been dashed by the failed revolutions and by the forces of neoliberalism—all these features of the postwar experience are central concerns of these writers, but they also pose problems for what it means to make art. How contemporary Central American literature registers and resists these problems is the focus of this presentation.
Location Information:
*Swarthmore College  (View Map)
500 College Avenue
Swarthmore, PA 19081

*Swarthmore College - McCabe Library
Contact Information:
Name: David Harrison
Phone: 610-690-5785
Email: dharris2@swarthmore.edu
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