Surrealism in Latin American Literature: Searching for Breton's Ghost

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Surrealism in Latin American Literature: Searching for Breton's Ghost is the first comprehensive study of Spanish-language surrealism in the Americas. Charting surrealism in Latin American literature from its initial appearance in Argentina in 1928 to the surrealist-inspired work of several writers in the 1970s, Melanie Nicholson argues that the literary movement exercised a significant and positive influence over twentieth-century Latin American literature, particularly poetry. Within the framework of literary ...

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Surrealism in Latin American Literature: Searching for Breton's Ghost

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Surrealism in Latin American Literature: Searching for Breton's Ghost is the first comprehensive study of Spanish-language surrealism in the Americas. Charting surrealism in Latin American literature from its initial appearance in Argentina in 1928 to the surrealist-inspired work of several writers in the 1970s, Melanie Nicholson argues that the literary movement exercised a significant and positive influence over twentieth-century Latin American literature, particularly poetry. Within the framework of literary and cultural history, the book offers close readings of surrealist texts - many of which appear here for the first time in English translation - and traces the heterodox ways in which Latin American writers, far from merely mimicking French surrealist principles or techniques, fashioned an aesthetic that reflected their distinct individual and cultural realities.

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"Nicholson offers an excellent, very useful work that traces a line of surrealist and surrealist-inspired texts in Latin America from 1928 to 1980. Scholarly studies exist of surrealism across various countries, or of poetry or painting alone in a single country (e.g., Argentina, Mexico). But few (perhaps none) have tried to analyze succinctly in a short work so many decades, countries, and genres." - CHOICE
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781137287793
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 1/22/2013
  • Pages: 280
  • Sales rank: 1,111,935
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Melanie Nicholson is Associate Professor of Spanish at Bard College, USA. She is the author of Evil, Madness, and the Occult in Argentine Poetry and recently co-translated Olga Orozco's collection of short stories, A Talisman in the Darkness. Her articles on Latin American literature have appeared in Latin American Literary Review, Letras Femeninas, Crítica Hispánica, Studies in Twentieth and Twenty-First Century Literature, and the Jourbanal of European Studies, among others.

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Table of Contents

PART I: CONTEXTS AND CONTOURS

Surrealism is Dead: ¡Viva el surrealismo!
The Latin American Connection
PART II: THE EMERGENCE OF SURREALISM IN LATIN AMERICAN LITERATURE, 1928-1950

Initiations: Aldo Pellegrini and the First Surrealist Group in Argentina
Neruda and Anti-Neruda, or the Case of Chile's Mandrágora Poets
Peru: The Surrealist Space between Mariátegui and Vallejo
The Two Faces of Early Surrealism in Mexico
PART III: A SURREALISM OF ONE'S OWN, 1950-1980

The Argentine Surrealist Jourbanals
'Another Ship Must Be Launched': Surrealism in Argentine Poetry, 1950-1970
Chile: The Avatars and the Antagonists of Mandrágora
Octavio Paz, Surrealism's Favorite Son

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