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The Politics of Spanish American 'Modernismo'
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Part of Cambridge Studies in Latin American and Iberian Literature

  • Date Published: August 2010
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521153812


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  • The Politics of Spanish American Modernismo, initially published in 1998, elucidates the professional and literary means by which Spanish American modernistas negotiated a cultural politics of rapprochement with Spain and Europe in order to differentiate their Americanness from that of the United States. Gerard Aching argues that these turn-of-the-century men of letters were in fact responsible for the burgeoning role that intellectuals and writers had (and continue to have) in defining pan-Hispanicism. Aching's arguments contribute to debates about modernity and the colonial/postcolonial condition in nineteenth-century Hispanic literatures. The interdisciplinary approach will appeal to scholars in literature, cultural studies, Latin American studies and history.

    • Close literary and cultural analysis of turn-of-the-century Spanish American literatures
    • Analyses an unusual form of post-colonial condition
    • Close textual analyses of the period's and region's aesthetic theories
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    Reviews & endorsements

    Review of the hardback: '[A] meticulous study'. The Times Literary Supplement

    Review of the hardback: 'Aching's book successfully raises the argument for considering the modernistas as the first to create a collective discourse around Spanish-American cultural identity.' Bulletin of Spanish Studies

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    Product details

    • Date Published: August 2010
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521153812
    • length: 192 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 11 mm
    • weight: 0.29kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. A reevaluation of the Modernistas' detachment
    2. The reino interior
    3. Poetry and the performance of cultural meaning: Darío's 'Salutación del optimista'
    4. Sculpting Spanish America: Rodó's Ariel
    5. Founding a transnational cultural literacy: the modernista literary reviews
    6. The 'excesses' of Spanish American modernismo
    Bibliography of works cited

  • Author

    Gerard Aching, New York University

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