The Aesthetics of Proletarian Literature in the Americas: Lecture on Friday 28 August 2015

Anna Björk Einarsdóttir, doctoral student at the University of California, Davis, gives a lecture at the University of Iceland on the aesthetics of proletarian literature in the Americas. The lecture will take place on Friday 28 August at 12:00-13:00. The location will be announced at a later date. 

The lecture, which will be delivered in Icelandic, deals with North and South American proletarian literature with a reference to the realist tradition in Scandinavia. Production of proletarian literature peaked during the 1920s and 30s with writers all over the world committing to the communist cause and contributing to the movement for proletarian and socialist literature. The lecture charts out the main characteristics of proletarian literature in Argentina, Peru, Ecuador and Bolivia as well as the US while analyzing the aesthetics of proletarianism. Besides demonstrating the variety of subject positions that constituted the proletariat in each national literature, the paper focuses on how class consciousness is theorized and how that consciousness shapes the literary form. 

Anna Björk is a PhD candidate in Comparative Literature at the University of California, Davis. Her research focuses on 20th century literature of the Americas with a specific emphasis on the 1920s and 30s, the trajectory of realism throughout the 20th century, the connection between proletarian literature and the avant garde movements.

fös, 08/28/2015 -
12:00 to 13:00
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