Below is the abstract of the paper I will be giving at this year’s LASA conference as part of the ‘Literatures of the Future Panel’.
This paper analyses the ways in which poetry is being reinvigorated through the use of multimedia and how this use of multimedia is changing our understanding of poetry in the 21st century. Focusing on the work of contemporary Mexican women poets, the paper is inspired by the declaration made by the Motin poeta collective (2000-2010): ‘Creemos en la contaminación entre lenguajes artísticos como estrategia para la creación contemporánea’. This rejection of traditional boundaries is at the heart of much poetry currently being produced in Mexico. As Julián Herbert (Letras Libres, Feb 2009) noted, however, there is a tension between the apparent popularity of this new wave of poetry and the way it is rejected by most Mexican poets and critics. As a result, he argued, there is a pressing need for ‘una crítica dura, seria, que tome en cuenta lo mismo la dimensión técnica y material (el empleo de herramientas retóricas alternativas) que la conceptual y emotiva. Pero que acepte también, como principio, que existen estructuras paratextuales a las que el nombre que mejor les conviene es el de poemas’. This paper, therefore, both showcases and aims to develop the new critical tools required to study this emerging body of work focusing on the multimedia fusions at the heart of the following texts: Hechos Diversos by Mónica Nepote, Dodo by Karen Villeda, Imperio by Rocío Cerón and Minerva Reynosa’s poetry app Mammut.
This panel brings to light some of the exciting literary experiments taking place in contemporary Latin American Literature. The papers focus on authors who are pushing the boundaries between literary and non-literary forms and who are experimenting with new‚ digital formats as well as via traditional media. Equally‚ however‚ we recognise that the multimedia‚ transmedia‚ and intermedia fusions we see today are not necessarily unique to our times. Thus‚ we include papers which study experimentation in times past looking back at earlier examples of what was once considered to be innovative and asking just how much has changed?