“Between the shadow & the soul”: Exploring Latin American Poetry

“Between the shadow & the soul”: Exploring Latin American Poetry

Sweep through a breadth of Latin American poetry under the expert eye of Pablo Neruda’s acclaimed biographer and translator.

In this wide-ranging course, Adam Feinstein – acclaimed biographer and translator of Pablo Neruda – will sweep students through a century of Latin American poetry. You will start with the Modernismo of Rubén Darío (Nicaragua), Leopoldo Lugones (Argentina), and José Martí (Cuba) – the region’s first serious aesthetic break with Spain – before moving into the Avant-Gardism of César Vallejo (Peru); the Creacionismo of Vicente Huidobro (Chile); the Post-Modernism of Jorge Luis Borges (Argentina), Neruda (Chile), and Octavio Paz (Mexico); the “anti poetry” of Nicanor Parra (Chile) and Carlos Drummond de Andrade (Brazil), before finally ending with contemporary work from Raúl Zurita (Chile), Pedro Serrano, Tedi López Mills and Fabio Morábito (Mexico), Nancy Morejón (Cuba), Humberto Ak’Abal (Guatemala) and Giovanna Miralles (Bolivia).

Along the way, you will get the chance to explore key themes and groups – including Modernism, Surrealism, the Neo-Baroque, Objectivism, the poetry of political engagement and resistance – alongside looking at some of the specific challenges of translating Latin American poetry. This whistlestop tour of Latin American writers, under the guidance of an expert translator and scholar of the scene, is a rare opportunity and not to be missed!

5 fortnightly sessions on Tuesdays 6.45–8.45pm, starts 28 January.

All classes will be in our offices at 1 Dock Offices, Surrey Quays Road, Canada Water, SE16 2XU. The venue is a 2-minute walk from Canada Water Station. Take the ‘Lower Road’ exit from the station onto Surrey Quays Road, then walk straight ahead, crossing over Deal Porters Way, and the Dock Offices come up on the left. The door for the school is at the far end of the building.

More information about how all our face-to-face courses work can be found on the Face-to-Face courses page.

A 10% discount is available to residents local to the Poetry School (anyone currently living in Rotherhithe, Riverside, Surrey Docks, South Bermondsey, Grange or Livesey).Please contact [email protected] for further information.
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About Adam Feinstein View Profile

Adam Feinstein is an acclaimed author, poet, translator, Hispanist, journalist, film critic and autism researcher. His biography of the Nobel Prize-winning poet, Pablo Neruda: A Passion for Life, was first published by Bloomsbury in 2004 and reissued in an updated edition in 2013 (Harold Pinter called it ‘a masterpiece’). He also wrote the introduction to the Folio Edition of Jorge Luis Borges’s Labyrinths, which appeared in 2007. His book of translations from Neruda’s Canto General, with colour illustrations by the celebrated Brazilian artist, Ana Maria Pacheco, was brought out by Pratt Contemporary in 2013. His own poems and his translations (of Neruda, Federico García Lorca, Mario Benedetti and others) have appeared in numerous magazines, including PN Review, Agenda, Acumen, Poem and Modern Poetry in Translation. He writes for the Guardian, the Observer, the Financial Times and the Times Literary Supplement and has been a Royal Literary Fund Fellow. Feinstein also teaches Latin American cinema and has presented films from Latin America in many parts of the world. He is a specialist in the life and work of Michael Curtiz, director of Casablanca, and has presented his films and retrospectives of his work throughout the UK, including at the Cambridge Film Festival, the Keswick Film Festival and the Cinema Museum in London. Arc published his latest bilingual book of translations, The Unknown Neruda, in the UK in September 2019. He is currently working on new (rhyming) translations of the poetry of Rubén Darío and is also writing a book on Argentinian cinema, and a novel.

‘I love coming to the Poetry school. The standard is so high that it is very stimulating and motivating.We all learn from each other. Poetry School is really helping me to feel a part of a community of committed and supportive poets and this is invaluable to my development as a writer.’

– Summer 2019 survey response

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