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- DescriptionThe Subject in Question presents the first systematic study of Spanish modernism in an attempt to end Spain's literary isolation from the mainstream of early contemporary European literature. Traditionally, Spanish literature has been approached by the literary generational model, an ultra-nationalist perspective that separates Spanish writing from its larger European modernist context. C. Christopher Soufas argues against further adherence to the generational groupings, establishing instead solid criteria for embracing the period category of modernism as a more appropriate model. Offering a refreshing and original approach, Soufas studies various key works from late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century Spain to demonstrate their important modernist characteristics. He considers the evolution of modernism in all the major genres beginning with vels by such authors as Pio Baroja, Miguel de Unamu, Ramon Maria del Valle-Inclan, Ramon Gomez de la Serna, and Rosa Chacel; the poetry of Jorge Guillen, Vicente Aleixandre, Luis Cernuda, and Rafael Alberti; and the theater of Federico Garcia Lorca. Soufas maintains that the basis for associating Spanish literature with modernism centers on modernist attitudes toward subjectivity--that is, the modernist critique of the automous thinking subject. He argues that Spain had been engaging in a critique of the subjective model for centuries, long before European modernists did. Therefore, modernism marks a point of convergence and rapprochement between Spain and Europe, and Spain makes a significant contribution to that international movement.
- Author BiographyC. Christopher Soufas , professor of Spanish at Tulane University, USA, , is author of Conflict of Light and Wind and Audience and Authority in the Modernist Theater of Federico Garcia Lorca .
- Author(s)C. Christopher Soufas
- PublisherThe Catholic University of America Press
- Date of Publication31/07/2009
- SubjectLiterary Criticism
- Place of PublicationWashington
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintThe Catholic University of America Press
- Content Noteblack & white illustrations
- Weight525 g
- Width140 mm
- Height216 mm
- Spine17 mm
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