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Ericka Kim Verba
California State University, Dominguez Hills (Carson, CA 90747-0001)
A Biography of Violeta Parra (1917-1967), Chilean Folklorist, Musician, and Visual Artist

I propose to use my fellowship year to write a transnational biography of Chilean folklorist, musician and visual artist, Violeta Parra (1917-1967). My book traces Parra’s prolific and versatile artistic trajectory across two continents in order to investigate how it simultaneously refracted and constituted cosmopolitan modernity in post-World War II Latin America and Europe. My work illuminates the local variation and transnational interconnectedness of modernist-capitalist cultural projects promoted in those sites where Parra earned her living as an artist: Santiago, Buenos Aires, Paris, London, and Geneva. A communist sympathizer, Parra also performed within modernist-socialist circuits. My study therefore also sheds comparative light on the competing imaginaries of folk and nation promoted by the Soviet Union within its sphere of influence. Beyond its broader historic purpose, my book offers a much-needed critical analysis of a figure who is the focus of considerable interest.

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Project fields:
Latin American History

Fellowships for College Teachers and Independent Scholars

Research Programs

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

Grant period:
9/1/2013 – 8/31/2014