Title

Affective Cartographies of the Financial Crisis; Textual Emotionality in Contemporary Spanish Poetry

Subject Area

Spanish Peninsular Studies

Abstract

It is well-known that the 15M and other Spanish factions of the global wave of protest movements against financial powers have inspired, and at the same time drawn from, a vast literary production throughout the last decade. From the perspective of Affect and Emotion studies, this paper analyzes poems from Isabel Pérez Montalbán, an example of the trend known as poetry of critical consciousness, and Pablo García Casado, often framed within the so-called dirty realism. My work contests and denies a common generalization in the field: the alleged detachment of the most recent Spanish poetry with regard to contemporary socio-political issues; conversely, it brings to light the accuracy of certain pre-crisis poetry at predicting and anticipating the devastating effects of neoliberal policies throughout Europe. Furthermore, this study pays attention to the mobilizing potential of texts that, beyond the mere exposition or denouncement of the state of affairs, are able to extrapolate the personal dimension of the financial crisis’ drama (unemployment, evictions, etc.) to the socio-political sphere. In the context of the still ongoing crisis, and through the aforementioned politicization of realities previously relegated to the private sphere (be it due to the victims’ fear or shame), the poems studied possess the potentiality of arousing an empowering empathy and indignation in a historically-situated reader. Pérez Montalban’s and García Casado’s texts generate and strengthen collective consciousness, allowing for a transition from the I to the We and the subsequent enrichment of the community’s social-affective network.

Brief Bio Note

Alberto López Martín received his PhD in Spanish Literature and Culture from Florida State University, specializing in contemporary Iberian poetry. He is currently a visiting professor at Davidson College.

Keywords

Spanish Peninsular Studies, Iberian Contemporary Poetry, Emotion Studies, Cultural Politics, Social Activism

Location

Room 218

Presentation Year

March 2017

Start Date

3-24-2017 2:55 PM

Embargo

10-19-2016

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Affective Cartographies of the Financial Crisis; Textual Emotionality in Contemporary Spanish Poetry

Room 218

It is well-known that the 15M and other Spanish factions of the global wave of protest movements against financial powers have inspired, and at the same time drawn from, a vast literary production throughout the last decade. From the perspective of Affect and Emotion studies, this paper analyzes poems from Isabel Pérez Montalbán, an example of the trend known as poetry of critical consciousness, and Pablo García Casado, often framed within the so-called dirty realism. My work contests and denies a common generalization in the field: the alleged detachment of the most recent Spanish poetry with regard to contemporary socio-political issues; conversely, it brings to light the accuracy of certain pre-crisis poetry at predicting and anticipating the devastating effects of neoliberal policies throughout Europe. Furthermore, this study pays attention to the mobilizing potential of texts that, beyond the mere exposition or denouncement of the state of affairs, are able to extrapolate the personal dimension of the financial crisis’ drama (unemployment, evictions, etc.) to the socio-political sphere. In the context of the still ongoing crisis, and through the aforementioned politicization of realities previously relegated to the private sphere (be it due to the victims’ fear or shame), the poems studied possess the potentiality of arousing an empowering empathy and indignation in a historically-situated reader. Pérez Montalban’s and García Casado’s texts generate and strengthen collective consciousness, allowing for a transition from the I to the We and the subsequent enrichment of the community’s social-affective network.