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The politics of Spanish American modernismo : by exquisite design /

Main Author: Aching, Gerard.
Format: Book
Language: English
Published: Cambridge, United Kingdom ; New York, NY, USA : Cambridge University Press, 1997
Series: Cambridge studies in Latin American and Iberian literature ; 11
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This volume argues successfully that, contrary to long-held assumptions, the Spanish American modernistas did not refuse to involve themselves in the cultural politics of their times. Aching (New York Univ.) demonstrates how the exquisiteness of Ruben Dario's reino interior does not imply a flight from social issues but, on the contrary, a subtle "revolution from within" in which Dario deals with the undesirable existence the new social order had in store for the artist. Thus, the modernistas' apparent nostalgia for the aristocracy is in fact a stark criticism of the bourgeois world, and their detachment only apparent, a point already made by Rafael Gutierrez Girardot in Modernismo (1983). Aching's view of the modernistas as "perhaps some of the first non-European 'post-colonial' critics" is valuable and worthy of this in-depth study. He provides insightful analyses of the work of Dario and Rodo in terms of the construction of a pan-Hispanic social memory. Recommended for graduate collections. G. G. Ocampo; Wabash College

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