A Companion to Spanish American Modernismo (Monografías A) by Aníbal González

By Aníbal González

Modernismo, a literary circulation of primary significance to Spanish the US and Spain, happened on the flip of the 19th century, approximately from the Eighteen Eighties to the Twenties. it's generally considered as the 1st Spanish-language literary circulation that originated within the New international and that turned influential within the "Mother Country," Spain. characterised by means of the appropriation of French Symbolist aesthetics into Spanish-language literature, modernismo's different major characteristics have been its cultural cosmopolitanism, its philological crisis with language, literary background, and literary process, and its journalistic penchant for novelty and style. regardless of the elegance of modernista poetry, modernismo is now understood as a huge circulate whose impression was once felt simply as strongly within the prose genres: the quick tale, the radical, the essay, and the journalistic cr??nica [chronicle]. Conceived as an advent to modernismo in addition to an account of the present cutting-edge of modernismo reports, this e-book examines the movement's contribution to a number of the Spanish American literary genres, its major authors [from Mart?­ and N??jera to Dar?­o and Rod??], its social and old context, and its carrying on with relevance to the paintings of latest Spanish American authors comparable to Gabriel Garc?­a M??rquez, Sergio Ram?­rez, and Mario Vargas Llosa.

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301) In the second paragraph, however, a present-tense variation of the first sentence introduces Martí’s impressionistic account of a fire in New York’s central railroad depot. Carefully composed in short, vivid sentences, this segment abounds in pictorial images, ironic asides, and artistic allusions to the light and colors of the fire: A fire worthy of the Centennial [of the United States’ independence] consumes the grain depots of the central railroad. The river flows uselessly at its feet.

The first thing that is done to the journalist when he takes his post in the newspaper office is to deprive him of one of the writer’s indispensable attributes: his own personality. … Thus the journalist, from the moment he begins his work, has to suffer through immense avatars according to the demands of his newspaper, turning into a republican if he is a monarchist, into a freethinker if he is a Catholic, or into an anarchist if he is a conservative. I will not mention here the thousand menial chores of journalism, the only ones to which young men of letters can aspire, because it would take me too long to enumerate them.

Any discussion of the earliest crónicas modernistas must begin with Manuel Gutiérrez Nájera, who is generally credited with introducing the genre of the crónica into Spanish American journalism. Inspired by the chroniques published in French dailies, during his twenty years in journalism (from 1875 until his sudden death in 1895) Nájera wrote countless crónicas for Mexican newspapers such as El Federalista, El Partido Liberal, La Libertad, El Cronista Mexicano, and El Universal, among many others.

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