Date of Award

Spring 5-15-2017

Author's School

Graduate School of Arts and Sciences

Author's Department

Romance Languages and Literature: Hispanic Studies

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Degree Type



In this dissertation, I study the ways by which the intersections of poetic writing and visuality have been used as a mechanism of political intervention and occupation of the public space by Chilean authors from the second half of the twentieth century. As I argue, in a period of violent changes, the group of authors in question -- Nicanor Parra, Raúl Zurita, Catalina Parra, Alfredo Jaar, among others -- had to redefine their means of critical intervention by using a hybrid language tailored to the political and spatial configurations in which they worked. In my project, I understand the incorporation of visuality into poetic writing as an attempt to rethink not just the way of enunciating the political, but also of assuming an active position in the political arena. My dissertation provides a necessary inquiry for the understanding of the articulations of intermedia poetics, public space, and political contingency, and the transformations that these concepts suffered over this historical period. It explores how visuality transformed the tense relation between poetics and politics, thus opening up a new critical genealogy of Chilean contemporary poetry, within a larger Latin American framework.


Spanish (es)

Chair and Committee

Ignacio Infante

Committee Members

Javier Garcia Liendo, Gwen Kirkpatrick, Ignacio Sanchez Prado, Elzbieta Sklodowska,


Permanent URL: https://doi.org/10.7936/K7HD7T2H

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