Monday, October 2, 2023 6:30pm
About this Event
265 Aragon Ave. Coral Gables, Fl 33134
Join us to celebrate this book by Delia Pamela Fuentes Korban, Lecturer, Modern Languages and Literatures: Memory and History in Argentine Popular Music.
Memory and History in Argentine Popular Music examines Argentine popular music of the 1990s and early 2000s that denounced, immortalized, and reflected on the processes that led to the socioeconomic crisis that shook Argentine society at the end of 2001. It draws upon the three most popular genres of the time—tango, rock chabón, and cumbia villera, a form of cumbia from the shantytowns. The book analyzes lyrics from these three genres, detailing how they capture the feel of daily life and the changes that occurred under the neoliberal economic model that ravaged the country throughout the ‘90s. The contention is that these are canciones con historia, songs that depict historical events and tell personal stories. Therefore, the lyrics from all three genres serve as accounts of historical events and social and economic changes, denouncing the social inequalities caused by neoliberal economic policies. Furthermore, the book explores how the process of remembering and forgetting takes place on the Internet. It examines how users navigate video-sharing portals and use music to create “virtual sites of memory,” a term that extends Winter’s conception of physical sites of memory to digital environments as virtual sites of commemoration.
Delia Pamela Fuentes Korban is in the Michele Bowman Underwood Department of Modern Languages and Literatures at the University of Miami, where she teaches Italian and Spanish Languages as well as Latin American literature. She specializes in memory studies and in contemporary Argentine literature, history, and popular music.