Naciones intelectuales: Las fundaciones de la modernidad literaria mexicana (1917-1959)

Naciones intelectuales: Las fundaciones de la modernidad literaria mexicana (1917-1959) (ePub)

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 Naciones intelectuales: Las fundaciones de la modernidad literaria mexicana (1917-1959)
Purdue University Press

Book Description

Naciones Intelectuales explores the processes and works that laid the foundations of a new literary modernity in the wake of the Mexican Revolution. It focuses on the period from the signing of the Constitution in 1917, to the death of Alfonso Reyes in 1959, and analyzes the four elements of Mexican cultural practices: the notion of literature, the figure of the intellectual, the creation of academic institutions, and the definition of national identity that emerged through the various debates held by leading figures of the period. The book analyzes different key moments, controversies, and cultural interventions, which ultimately led the diverse aesthetic spectrum created by the revolution into becoming a highly institutional system of literature. This book offers a cartography of Mexican literary institutions unprecedented in scope, which will allow readers, students, and scholars to understand the construction of modern Mexican literature in a clear, rigorous, and systematic way.

Book Reviews

"Este libro abre preguntas que como académicos, críticos o escritores no podemos ignorar." ["This book raises questions that as academics, critics, or writers we cannot ignore."] ...  "Si ya no es posible pensar en términos de 'nación' el desafío es enorme, y el libro de Sánchez Prado is el primer paso del camino." ["If it is no longer possible to think in terms of 'nation,' the challenge is enormous, and Sánchez Prado's book is the first step on the road."]- Tierra Adentro


“This critical account centers its interest on the works and writers who were capable of imagining alternative versions of the Mexican nation and identity, discourses that the author terms ‘naciones intelectuales’ (intellectual nations). ... one of the major successes of Sanchez Prado is the systematization of all this nonconformist legacy ... Naciones intelectuales is an essential reference for every reader who wishes to understand Mexican literary modernity beyond theoretical stereotypes, antiquated interpretations, and standard discussions about the nation.” —Carles Ferrando Valero, Colorado Review of Hispanic Studies 8–9 (Fall 2010–11): 411–13.


About the Author(s):

Ignacio M. Sanchez Prado has published extensively on Mexican literature and culture, and on questions of the relationship between canon construction, world literature, and Latin American writing.