This article pays attention to the mobilizing potential of certain poetic productions in the context of the 2008 Spanish financial crisis. From the perspective of Affect and Emotion studies, I use Jonathan Flatley’s notion of affective cartography to illustrate how Antonio Orihuela and Pablo García Casado’s poems extrapolate from personal dimensions of the financial crisis’ drama (unemployment, evictions, etc.) to the socio-political sphere. I argue that, in such context, the poems studied possess the potentiality of arousing an empowering empathy and indignation in a historically-situated reader.

Bio Note

Alberto López Martín (Ph.D. Florida State University) is an Assistant Professor at Valparaiso University. He specializes in 20th-21st century Iberian cultural production, with a focus in contemporary poetry and cultural politics, through the lens of affect and emotion studies. He has published articles in different journals and monographs on poets such as Antonio Gamoneda, Pere Gimferrer, Fernando Pessoa and César Vallejo.