Instructor: Juan Medrano-Pizarro, Spanish and Portuguese Department
Overview: This multimedia piece, based on the work of the Chilean poet Enrique Lihn, explores the role that new technologies have in the teaching of literature, the common ground between literature , music, and the visual arts, and the possibility of reaching a wider audience through the use of the World Wide Web.
The project will consist of a bilingual, illustrated presentation of the events of Lihn’s life, a recorded interview, a bilingual anthology of Lihn’s work, a multimedia presentation, and a complete bibliography of his writing and a selected critical bibliography. The multimedia presentation is a production of Lihn’s poem “Penas de extrañamiento” in which text, voice, images, and music will recreate the urban and cinematographic landscape of the imaginary New York constructed by Lihn’s writing. (Des)Encounters is not only a pedagogical tool for the teaching of Contemporary Latin-American Poetry and a prototype for the future development of the Latin-American poets database, but also a space to explore the possibilities of the interaction of literature and digital art.