The Politics of Spanish American 'Modernismo': By Exquisite Design

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The Politics of Spanish American "Modernismo" elucidates the professional and literary means through 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-Hispanism. Aching's arguments contribute to current 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.
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"...presents scholars...with a very innovative and fresh outlook on the modernistas literary production." Canadian Review of Comparative Literature

"The Politics of Spanidh-American Modernismo is a useful heuristic device...." Mark Falcoff, The New Criterion

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
1 A reevaluation of the modernistas' detachment 1
2 The reino interior 27
3 Poetry and the performance of cultural meaning: Dario's "Salutacion del optimista" 55
4 Sculpting Spanish America: Rodo's Ariel 80
5 Founding a transnational cultural literacy: The modernista literary reviews 115
6 The "excesses" of Spanish American modernismo 144
Appendix 160
Notes 163
Bibliography of works cited 173
Index 181
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