Ben Bollig's book at lunchtime

Ben Bollig's book at lunchtime

Professor Ben Bollig's book, Politics and Public Space in Contemporary Argentine Poetry (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016) was the subject of a recent 'book at lunchtime' event, hosted by The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities (TORCH). His book addresses the connection between political themes and literary form in the most recent Argentine poetry. Ben uses the concepts of “lyric” and “state” as twin coordinates for both an assessment of how Argentinian poets have conceived a political role for their work and how poems come to speak to us about politics. Drawing on concepts from contemporary literary theory, this striking study combines textual analysis with historical research to shed light on the ways in which new modes of circulation help to shape poetry today.

 

 

The event, introduced by acting director of TORCH and Catz Fellow, Professor Kirsten Shepherd-Barr, was chaired by Professor Bart van Es, also from the College. The contributors included Maria del Pilar Blanco (Professor in Spanish American Literature), Eduardo Posada-Carbo (Professor of History and Politics of Latin America) and Leigh A. Payne (Professor of Sociology).