Madrid: Montesinos Ensayo, 2001. first edition. Paperback. 299p., wrps. Near Fine in Wraps. Item #11456
Hispanic modernism is not a movement of sharp and clearly bounded contours; Nor is it limited to a closed corpus of canonical works by authors consecrated by the history of literature, on both sides of the Atlantic. So many modernisms there are as readings has fostered this literary and cultural phenomenon since its appearance, at the end of the 19th century. In this set of essays, Iris M. Zavala undertakes a review of the outstanding works of that "movement in motion", which is modernism. To do so, it uses hermeneutic tools-Bakhtin's dialogism, Lacanian psychoanalysis-to understand why it is more than a literary movement: it is one of the symptoms of modernity. Thus conceived, modernism escapes academic definitions and shows us its most fertile and "modern" face: that of a conception of language and work as "frontiers of meaning", from which "hegemonies" are actively criticized. , culture, games of power ". An intelligent and passionate tracing of its varied manifestations invites these essays, in which the canonical texts of modernism - from Rubén Darío to Valle-Inclán and Unamuno - come into resonance with the romantic poetry of Rosalía de Castro and Gustavo Adolfo Bécquer or the Galdosian realism, but also with the Benthamian utilitarianism or the Marxist conception of art. The coherence of the approach applied by the author gives the whole an undeniable unity.