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Against poetry. Disputes, condemnations, invectives and poetic discourse (XVI-XVII centuries)

Posted By Elizabeth B. Davis, Monday, May 2, 2016
Updated: Monday, May 2, 2016

CHICAGO, 30 March-1 April 2017

Against poetry. Disputes, condemnations, invectives and poetic discourse (XVI-XVII centuries)

This session welcomes papers interested in examining the relationship between poetry and the discourses that challenged its epistemological distinction. Specifically, we aim to bring together scholars with an innovative approach to the conflictive relationship between poetry and the different discourses that seek to establish a negative—or at least ambivalent—image of the poetic métier. Of particular interest are proposals that discuss the tense cultural relationship between poetic practice and the works penned by poetry’s detractors. Together we aim to explore how the cultural interventions that challenged the status of poetry paradoxically can help us to understand the complexity of Spanish Renaissance and Baroque culture. What can we learn by considering poetry as an impugned object, and how does the study of this situation enhance our understanding of early modern Spanish culture?  How did writers reflect, represent, and reinterpret the role of poetry? Possible themes include, but are not limited to: deterritorialization of the poetic practice; poetry as moral deviation; poetry as a contested art form; reversions, inversions and aversions about poetry; poetry and the sacred; challenged subjects and contested genres.

Please send a 150 word abstract and 1-page CV to Juan Vitulli ( by May 28. See the guidelines for CVs on the RSA’s annual meeting page.

Tags:  Arts  Baroque  Colonial Latin America  Control  Crisis  Cultural Field  Culture  Disputes  Distinction  Golden Age Spanish Literature  Invectives  Poetic Genres  Poetry  Profane  Renaissance  Sacred 

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