The Inverted Conquest
The Myth of Modernity and the Transatlantic Onset of Modernism
Publication Year: 2009
Published by: Vanderbilt University Press
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In 1965, an English speaker interested in learning about modernist poetry might have turned to the then recently published Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics and found, perhaps to her surprise, that the entry on “modernism” described a Hispanic literary movement spanning the last decades of the nineteenth and early decades of the twentieth centuries....
1. The Myths of European Modernity
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The late nineteenth century in Spanish America was saturated with writers who were coming to grips with the changes in the texture of life brought about by modernization, depicting an environment of transformations and uncertainty full of possibilities and paths of exploration. In 1882, Cuban Jos� Mart� addressed the profound effects of the times on art, the artist,...
2. The Transatlantic Literary Field and the Rise of Modernismo
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As the twenty-first century began, Jes�s Mart�n Barbero, N�stor Garc�a Canclini, and other prominent Latin American intellectuals stated their belief that rather than geopolitics or geoeconomics, the world in the twenty-first century will revolve around geocultural circuits; it will be divided among different cultural spaces, one of which, they propose, must be Latin...
3. The Conquest of the Metropolitan Literary Field
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It is tempting to begin a discussion of the impact of Spanish American modernismo in Europe with the first transatlantic voyage made by Rubén Darío, since in 1892, four hundred years after Columbus’s ships sailed in the other direction, Darío first landed on the shores of Spain. Indeed, modernismo found in Darío’s trip both an impulse and a powerful symbol. As a fellow modernista...
4. Rewriting Modernity, Authoring Spain
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By 1900, Spanish American modernismo had attained consecration in the transatlantic literary field and was reaching the height of its prestige. Indeed, not long before, Spanish American writers had sought legitimation and recognition from the Spanish establishment, leading Amado Nervo to complain that no American poet could be considered such until...
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Page Count: 264
Publication Year: 2009