Dr. Llorente presented her latest book
Poesía en acción. Poemas críticos en la España contemporánea by Dr. Marina Llorente, Professor of Modern Languages and Literatures, was launched in Spain last June. The book was presented in Madrid during the prestigious Book Fair where Dr. Llorente signed the book. Dr. Steven White participated in the presentation with an excellent paper and two poets Jorge Riechmann and Viviana Paletta read their poems which are analyzed in the book. There were also two more successful presentations in the south at Centro Andaluz de las Letras in Málaga and in El Ateneo in Marbella where Dr. Francisco Fortuny and Dr. Lucía Prieto, professors from the University of Málaga, did insightful introductions of the book followed by readings from two poets Isabel Pérez Montalbán and María Eloy-García which work is also featured in the monograph. Poesía en acción. Poemas críticos en la España contemporánea is the result of Dr. Llorente’s last ten years research on the intersection of ethics and aesthetics in the work of Spain’s socially committed poets.
“In a globalized world marked by widespread fear, desensitizing media, chronic economic inequalities and violent conflicts that often target civil society, can poetry really play an effective role in opposing the structures that dominate human beings? Social poets believe that it can. For social poets, the poetic art that is born from ethical commitments has the potential to call our attention not only to the hard realities in which we live, but also to the possibilities of transforming that world. In the tradition of committed poets such as Vladimir Maiakovski, Nazim Hikmet, Ana Ajmátova, César Vallejo, Pablo Neruda, Blas de Otero, Claribel Alegría, Gabriel Celaya, José Hierro and Eduardo Galeano, a new generation of Spanish social poets is using art as a form of resistance against a world which is becoming increasingly dehumanized and forgetful. The book has chapters devoted to the work of Jorge Riechmann (Madrid, 1962), Isabel Pérez Montalbán (Córdoba 1964), David González (San Andrés de los Tacones, Gijón, 1964), Viviana Paletta (Buenos Aires, 1967), and María-Eloy García (Málaga, 1972). While attempting to avoid the social stigmas associated with the socially committed poetry written in Spain during the 1950s, all five of these poets are inevitably confronting the social reality in which they live. Among other issues, their poems address permanent war, the recovery of the historical memories of the Spanish Civil War (1936-39) and the Francoist period (1939-1975), the devastation of the earth, the exploitation of women’s bodies, and the plight of the dispossessed in Spain and throughout the world. My research includes background reading in several areas (ethics, sociology of literature, history, social movements) that range beyond my previous training in formal literary analysis and analysis of their poetry in the context of ongoing debates about social ethics, Spain’s transition to democracy and subsequent changes in the political climate there, and the history of Spanish social poetry. In keeping with the notion of poetry as political action, however, I am also bringing literary analysis into conversation with sociological and philosophical frameworks. Only this sort of interdisciplinary approach, I believe, has the potential to reveal the full social significance of this poetry and the possibilities that it embodies.”
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