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Painting Modernism

Ivan A. Schulman

Publication Year: 2013

Studies the influence of the plastic arts on the major writers of Latin American modernism.

Published by: State University of New York Press

Title Page, Copyright, Dedication, Quotes

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pp. i-vi


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pp. vii-viii

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pp. ix-xvi

This book deals with a major aspect of Latin American modernism that canonical criticism has neglected to examine in its various dimensions.1 The chapters of Painting Modernism are constructed upon the fundamental notion that literary texts should no longer be studied in isolation from

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Chapter One: Crossing Boundaries: The Search for a New Discourse

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pp. 1-14

Contemporary (re)readings of modernism’s texts as well as the examination of its principal writers’ theoretical enunciations will substantiate our affirmation that among the Latin American modernists there existed a major interest in discovering and developing creative ties between literary

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Chapter Two: Painted Narrations: The Modernist Novel

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pp. 15-32

Narrating modernity’s unstable realities assumed a variety of forms in genres that included the novel, the short story, theater, crónica,1 the prose poem, art criticism, and verse. The novel first appeared in Mexico in 1882 with the title Por donde se sube al cielo (The road to heaven), Manuel...

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Chapter Three: From Painting to Literary Text

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pp. 33-52

The discussion and analysis in this chapter is based upon three textual elements: 1) A painting by the French artist Jean-León Gérome entitled Pollice verso; 2) a Martí essay in which the Cuban modernist reviews the works seen by him in a New York gallery, including the canvas Pollice verso;...

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Chapter Four: Facing the Orient

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pp. 53-66

In desultory notes, paralleling Jules Michelet’s statement that “the Orient advances, invincible, fatal to the gods of light by the charm of its dreams, by the magic of its chiaroscuro” (quoted by Said, 73), José Martí, declared that “the Orient invades the West” (El Oriente invade el Occidente)...

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Chapter Five: Writers as Art Critics

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pp. 67-88

The modernization of Latin American literary texts that began in the 1870s was, as we have already noted, a socioeconomic and aesthetic process that resulted in the transference of techniques observed in the visual arts and their application to discursive practices in both prose and poetry. A synaesthetic relationship between literature and painting permeated ...

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Chapter Six: An Epilogue and Conclusion: Words That Create Objects

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pp. 89-94

In the preceding chapters we examined modalities of modernist writing during the period of its initial flowering up to the early twentieth century (1875-1920) and pointed out how Latin American literature during these years was influenced by the visual arts in a variety of formats. However, it is our contention, expressed in our recent research, that modernist literature ...


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pp. 95-104


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pp. 105-110


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pp. 111-114

Back Cover

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p. BC-BC

E-ISBN-13: 9781438449531
Print-ISBN-13: 9781438449517

Page Count: 132
Publication Year: 2013