Hispanic Literature and Modernism

Donald L. Shaw

in The Oxford Handbook of Modernisms

Published in print December 2010 | ISBN: 9780199545445
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks of Literature

 Hispanic Literature and Modernism

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This article examines the history of Hispanic modernism and literature. It argues that, at the present time, any attempt to deal with modernism in the Anglo-Saxon sense of the term is fraught with difficulty and must be regarded as largely provisional, because the term modernism has only recently begun to take hold in relation to Spanish peninsular literature and is even less used in relation to Spanish American writings. The article explains that even before the advent of modernism, the Spanish already used the term modernism to refer to a poetic movement headed by Nicaraguan poet Rubén Darío. It also highlights the resistance of Hispanic writers and critics to passively adopting Anglo-Saxon terms, which, in their view, may not fit into their literature.

Keywords: Hispanic modernism; Hispanic literature; peninsular literature; Spanish American literature; poetic movement; Rubén Darío; Anglo-Saxon

Article.  7187 words. 

Subjects: Literature ; Literary Studies (20th Century onwards) ; Literary Studies (Poetry and Poets)

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