As part of the campus’s 179th anniversary, this Monday, November 22, the community of the University of Chile will meet to honor Pablo Neruda, who meets 50 years of having received the highest distinction in the literary world, the Nobel Prize in Literature.
No one could deny that the vate is by far the most internationally recognized Chilean poet. His work has been translated into all languages and critics have considered him across the board as one of the central authors of the Western canon of all time.
What’s more, the prestigious American literary critic, Harold bloom pointed out once that “No poet in the Western Hemisphere of our century admits of comparison with him.” However, how is his work read today in the light of the new times?
Neruda’s work, under the gaze of the new times
In recent years the vision of the poet as a man of his time, inserted in a misogynistic and patriarchal culture, has called into question the appreciation of his work among the new generations, especially as a result of the controversy raised by the story of the rape of a Sinhalese woman, which he himself did in his memoirs “I confess that I have lived”Published in 1974, and which were refloated by the current feminist movement.
Is it possible to continue admiring a separate work by its author? Have Neruda’s literary achievements lost importance? These questions will be part of the reflection in the commemorative act that the University of Chile and its Vice-rectory of Extension and Communications will carry out Monday, November 22 at 12 noon, for the 50 years of the Nobel Prize that the poet received from the Swedish Academy “for a poetry that with the action of an elemental force gives life to the destiny and dreams of the continent.”
Upon receiving the Nobel Prize in Literature, Pablo Neruda officiated as ambassador of France, appointed by President Salvador Allende, after the poet lowered his own presidential candidacy for the Communist Party in favor of the socialist, so that there would be only one candidate from the Popular Unity.
Beyond the importance and significance of his work, Neruda also shone as a diplomat. A fervent communist militant, during the Spanish civil war, the author of “Residencia en la tierra” was commissioned by Pedro Aguirre Cerda as immigration consul, becoming the key manager of the arrival of two thousand Spanish refugees to Chile aboard the Winnipeg in 1939.
When and how can I see the act in Pablo Neruda?
The commemorative act will take place Monday, November 22 at 12:00 hours and will be attended by the poet and National Prize Raul Zurita, the feminist academic Kemy Oyarzún, in addition to representatives of the Neruda Foundation, which will present their points of view on the figure of the author of the “General Song” and former student of the University of Chile, who will value its influence and validity today.
In addition, the activity will be presented by Alejandra Araya, Director of the Andrés Bello Central Archive, the patrimonial nucleus of the University of Chile that co-organizes the event and that also protects an important Nerudian heritage.
The instance that will celebrate the 50th anniversary of Pablo Neruda’s Nobel Prize in Literature, will be transmitted through the digital channels from the University of Chile and the Youtube Vexcom. In addition, at 4:00 p.m., a special strip with historical videos of the poet selected from the audiovisual archive of the Neruda Foundation will be broadcast.
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U. de Chile will commemorate the 50th anniversary of Pablo Neruda’s Nobel Prize with the participation of Raúl Zurita