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Jill Robbins
University of Texas, Austin (Austin, TX 78712-0100)
We Were All on Those Trains: Poetry and the March 2004 Madrid Train Bombing

Completion of a book-length study of the poetry written in response to the March 11, 2004, train bombings in Madrid, Spain.

We Were All on Those Trains: The Poetry of 11-M examines the poetic texts that responded to the March 11, 2004, train bombings in Madrid, Spain, that were left at the spontaneous shrines erected at the bombing sites, published in books, newspapers and anthologies, incorporated into monuments, stored in the Archive of Mourning and/or posted on blogs and other electronic forums. There are literally thousands of these poetic texts, including original poems and books written by well-known and anonymous Iberian and Latin American poets; a novel by a US poet; poems by mourners; songs and prayers; and texts by children. These texts reveal competing notions about the nature and functions of poetry in Spain today, and they serve as a prism to make visible conflicting narratives about identities, technology, genres, and modernity dating back to the Spanish Civil War and the Franco dictatorship, which lay just below the city’s gleaming surface in 2004.

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Project fields:
Literature, General; Literature, Other; Spanish Literature

Fellowships for University Teachers

Research Programs

$50,400 (approved)
$25,200 (awarded)

Grant period:
7/1/2017 – 12/31/2017