Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs

Poetics of Globalization: Airports and Aircraft as Significant Narrative Spaces in Contemporary Hispanic literature

Thursday, February 9, 2017

5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Rochambeau Music Room, 84 Prospect Street.

Presentation by Erica Durante, Visiting Professor of Hispanic Studies, Brown University.

In the past three decades, prominent Hispanic authors have been concerned with cultural and anthropological patterns introduced by the process of globalization, and in particular mobility, nomadism, fluid identity, and hyperconnectivity. My lecture will analyze the treatment of two paradigmatic spaces of our globalized world - airports and aircraft – by some major Spanish and Latin American writers and filmmakers (Fresán, Fuguet, Gamboa, Muñoz Molina, Roncagliolo, Torres Blandina, as well as Almodóvar and Szifrón). Despite Augé’s concept of “non-places”, I will argue that airports and aircraft are significant narrative spaces, defining an original chronotope peculiar to contemporary fiction. Conducted in Spanish.

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