Modernismo, Modernity and the Development of Spanish American Literature

Paperback | January 1, 1998

byCathy L. Jrade, Paul M. Montgomery

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Modernismo arose in Spanish American literature as a confrontation with and a response to modernizing forces that were transforming Spanish American society in the later nineteenth century. In this book, Cathy L. Jrade undertakes a full exploration of the modernista project and shows how it provided a foundation for trends and movements that have continued to shape literary production in Spanish America throughout the twentieth century.

Jrade opens with a systematic consideration of the development of modernismo and then proceeds with detailed analyses of works-poetry, narrative, and essays-that typified and altered the movement's course. In this way, she situates the writing of key authors, such as Rubén Darío, José Martí, and Leopoldo Lugones, within the overall modernista project and traces modernismo's influence on subsequent generations of writers.

Jrade's analysis reclaims the power of the visionary stance taken by these creative intellectuals. She firmly abolishes any lingering tendency to associate modernismo with affectation and effete elegance, revealing instead how the modernistas' new literary language expressed their profound political and epistemological concerns.

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Modernismo arose in Spanish American literature as a confrontation with and a response to modernizing forces that were transforming Spanish American society in the later nineteenth century. In this book, Cathy L. Jrade undertakes a full exploration of the modernista project and shows how it provided a foundation for trends and movement...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:205 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.75 inPublished:January 1, 1998Publisher:University Of Texas PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:029274045X

ISBN - 13:9780292740457

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Table of Contents

PrefaceOne: Spanish America's Ongoing Response to ModernityTwo: Modernismo: Knowledge as PowerThree: The Movement Takes ShapeFour: The Modernista Project DefinedFive: Continuity within an Evolving MovementSix: The Erosion of AnalogySeven: Modernismo's Lasting ImpactNotesWorks CitedIndex

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Jrade is among the two or three most distinguished scholars of modernismo in the world today, and one of the most important in the entire history of criticism of the movement.... Her knowledge of Spanish poetics and prosody is unequaled by her peers. - Roberto González Echevarría,Sterling Professor of Hispanic and Comparative Literature, Yale University