Ciudad de México: Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Instituto de Investigaciones Filológicas (Serie: Letras del Siglo XIX), 2022. First Edition. Paperback. 369p., bibl., indices, wrps. New. Item #80335
The modernist and decadent short story has been taking shape in Mexico since the 1870s with the incorporation of a poetics of brevity and effect, the result of a careful reading of authors such as Edgar Allan Poe and Guy de Maupassant, but also of the development of journalism. who professionalized writing towards the end of the century. Almost all of the texts collected here were published in the periodical press of their time, a laboratory in which they experimented with themes, strategies and rhetorical resources, until making this genre one of the most liked during the Porfiriato.
This anthology sticks to a period and a tradition that shows the narrative explorations in the emergence of the modern short story; our selection surrounds and closely follows the modernist moment, but also its immediate antecedents and its epigones. Decadentism is considered here as an extreme phase -diabolist, in the words of José Emilio Pacheco- of the main contribution of modernism: the triumph of the aesthetic function of literature over other social, educational or moral concerns.