Public Lecture: Siskind. Wednesday, June 1, 5:30-7pm, Willamette Hall 110, “(De)provincializing World War I: Latin American Literature and the reshaping of global modernism”.
Mariano Siskind is John L. Loeb Associate Professor of the Humanities, from Harvard University (Department of Romance Languages and Comparative Literature). He has recently published _Cosmopolitan Desires. Latin American Literature and the Discourses of Globalization_ (Northwestern UP) which traces a genealogy of texts on universality and cosmopolitanism, a series of significant instances during the twentieth century when Latin American intellectuals conceptualized the possibility of a Latin American modernity not in terms of particularist affirmations of national or regional difference and specificity, but as a result of assuming a cosmopolitan identity that allowed them to inscribe themselves in the universal field of modernity, and to imagine themselves standing on equal footing with their Western European peers. He is currently working on the legacy of World War I in Latin America’s modernist writing and Global War and Modernism, and is coordinating a workshop on cosmopolitan intellectual genealogies in Latin America, along colleagues from Harvard and the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies.