This course explores Chilean poetry through the figure of Pablo Neruda, considered as one of the most popular romantic poets in the world, both in the sense of popularity and in his ability to address the popular aspects of culture, politics and emotions.
While following some biographical events in Neruda’s life you will be reading Neruda’s poetry both in English and Spanish, assessing some reviews of his supporters and critics.
The film ‘Neruda’, even if fictional, will provide further elements to assess the importance of Neruda’s work and also the flaws that his poetical view entails nowadays, comparing his work to his Chilean pairs Nicanor Parra and Vicente Huidobro.
Spanish knowledge will be beneficial but not essential.
About the Tutor
Leonardo Boscarin was born in Santiago, Chile. He was selected for a writing workshop lead by Chilean writer Antonio Skármeta (The Postman).
Leonardo won the prestigious El Mercurio national short story prize and was awarded two grants for creative writing by the National Fund for the Development of the Arts.
Looking for adventures, he moved to Italy first, where he completed a degree in Latin American Literature with a dissertation on Chilean poetry, focused on the work of Chilean poet Nicanor Parra; and to Northern Ireland later, in 2004.
At Queen’s University he completed an MA on Cultural Representations of the Mexican Revolution and expanded his research into a PhD on Masculinity and violence in Mexican cinema in the afterwards of the Revolution.
He currently works at Queen’s as a language tutor.