Saturday, March 31, 2007

Colombian literature

Between Colombian authors the ongoing literary debate also involves a sensitive issue at the heart of Colombian society; stereotypical reputations and the international attention to Colombia has tended to give the country a reputation of only being a country of violence and drugs. Even though these do exist and are a problem, they are not the only reality in Colombia. In newly developing literature traditions there is an attempt to embrace globalisation re-inventing or romanticising the everyday quality of violence. This has included capturing urban realities and slum violence. In this way the new tradition is a means of bridging first and third worlds – serving a global reading of Colombia, New York, Bombay , London or anywhere. But among authors and scholars there is disagreement as to whether or not this kind of “new style” might only reinforce the stereotypes about Colombia.

Angela Lewis


Angela,

A very intelligent conclusion, I will try to include it in my chat about Colombian literature in Wageningen, the 10th of april.

Kind Regards,

Ana

2 comments:

afrOneNa said...

Ana... dónde encontratse este análisis? Siempre es interesante ver la mirada desapegada de quienes ven la realidad/arte/literatura colombiana desde afuera... Vivo en Usa desde hace 5 años y soy Cartagenera... la distancia no ha hecho más que acercarme a mi tierra pero de una manera más efectiva y objetiva.

Voy en Julio a Cartagena, después de una larga ausencia. Las mariposas en el estómago revolotean de expectativa... Te contaré la experiencia de volver...

Abrazos, aunque no te conozca...

ana said...

No lo encontré, lo provoqué. Por eso, en cierta forma, refleja un análisis mío. Voy a presentarlo (en una forma más amplia) el martes en una universidad holandesa.

AfroNena, si vas a Cartagena, dale mis saludos a ese amigo que allí tenemos en común.

Un beso.