Pablo Piccato: Poetry in the Public Sphere in Republican Mexico: A Reading of Ignacio Ramírez

Wed, Apr 3, 2019, 12:00 pm
Pablo Piccato
In the middle of the national crisis prompted by the US invasion of 1846 and a heated debate against monarchists, liberal intellectual Ignacio Ramírez, "El Nigromante", wrote about the limits and the future of poetry. This presentation argues that poetry was a central dimension of political discourse in post independence Mexico. Ramírez believed that a new language was necessary to fight the enemies of the republic but also to criticize nationalism.
Pablo Piccato is professor at the Department of History, Columbia University. His research and teaching focus on modern Mexico, particularly on crime, politics, and culture. His books include City of Suspects: Crime in Mexico City, 1900-1931 (2001), The Tyranny of Opinion: Honor in the Construction of the Mexican Public Sphere (2010), and A History of Infamy: Crime, Truth, and Justice in Mexico (2017).
Lunch provided. Free and open to the public.
216 Burr Hall