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"The one from which we ought to learn": What Indian Artists Imagined Latin American Literature Could Do

Date and Time: 
Wednesday, June 3, 2020. 12:00 PM - 01:15 PM
Meeting Location: 
Zoom
Workshop: 
Working Group in Literary & Visual Culture 2019
Meeting Description: 

That Octavio Paz was somehow involved in the Indian literary scene during his tenure as ambassador is a fact that everybody—in India at least—seems to know. But just try pinning down who he worked with, and what he did. The precise nature of his impact is diffuse, surprisingly, and incredibly hard to trace. No one writes about imaginary encounters with Paz, the way they do with Neruda; the archives are full of real ones. You just have to know where to look. Strange as it seems, Paz almost single-handedly introduced a whole generation of poets, artists, and editors to the cultural production of Latin America. This talk will explore the imbrication of visual and textual engagements with Paz and Latin American literature among the Indian "little magazine" scene of the 1960s and 70s. Kantor will touch on examples of illustrations, paintings, manifestoes, poetry, and book reviews that help us get a sense of how Latin American literature circulated among Indian anglophone writers in the period immediately preceding the rise of Salman Rushdie and his very obvious debt to writers of the Latin American boom. Why was Paz, in particular, such an exciting interlocutor for the visual arts in India?

Roanne Kantor's primary field is global anglophone literature and its relationship to other literary traditions of the Global South. She also works on the conditions for interdisciplinary research in the humanities, especially literature's interface with medicine and the humanistic social sciences. Kantor is also a translator and the winner of the Susan Sontag Prize for Translation. Before coming to Stanford, Kantor taught at Harvard, Boston University, Brandeis, and The University of Texas at Austin, where she earned her Masters and PhD.

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