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Surrealism in Latin American Literature
Searching for Breton's Ghost
 
 
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07 Jan 2013
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Surrealism in Latin American Literature: Searching for Breton's Ghost is the first comprehensive study of Spanish-language surrealism in the Americas. Charting surrealism in Latin American literature from its initial appearance in Argentina in 1928 to the surrealist-inspired work of several writers in the 1970s, Melanie Nicholson argues that the literary movement exercised a significant and positive influence over twentieth-century Latin American literature, particularly poetry. Within the framework of literary and cultural history, the book offers close readings of surrealist texts - many of which appear here for the first time in English translation - and traces the heterodox ways in which Latin American writers, far from merely mimicking French surrealist principles or techniques, fashioned an aesthetic that reflected their distinct individual and cultural realities.


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Surrealism in Latin American Literature: Searching for Breton's Ghost is the first comprehensive study of Spanish-language surrealism in the Americas. Charting surrealism in Latin American literature from its initial appearance in Argentina in 1928 to the surrealist-inspired work of several writers in the 1970s, Melanie Nicholson argues that the literary movement exercised a significant and positive influence over twentieth-century Latin American literature, particularly poetry. Within the framework of literary and cultural history, the book offers close readings of surrealist texts - many of which appear here for the first time in English translation - and traces the heterodox ways in which Latin American writers, far from merely mimicking French surrealist principles or techniques, fashioned an aesthetic that reflected their distinct individual and cultural realities.


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"Nicholson offers an excellent, very useful work that traces a line of surrealist and surrealist-inspired texts in Latin America from 1928 to 1980. Scholarly studies exist of surrealism across various countries, or of poetry or painting alone in a single country (e.g., Argentina, Mexico). But few (perhaps none) have tried to analyze succinctly in a short work so many decades, countries, and genres." - CHOICE


Contents

PART I: CONTEXTS AND CONTOURS
Surrealism is Dead: ¡Viva el surrealismo!
The Latin American Connection
PART II: THE EMERGENCE OF SURREALISM IN LATIN AMERICAN LITERATURE, 1928-1950
Initiations: Aldo Pellegrini and the First Surrealist Group in Argentina
Neruda and Anti-Neruda, or the Case of Chile's Mandrágora Poets
Peru: The Surrealist Space between Mariátegui and Vallejo
The Two Faces of Early Surrealism in Mexico
PART III: A SURREALISM OF ONE'S OWN, 1950-1980
The Argentine Surrealist Journals
'Another Ship Must Be Launched': Surrealism in Argentine Poetry, 1950-1970
Chile: The Avatars and the Antagonists of Mandrágora
Octavio Paz, Surrealism's Favorite Son


Authors

Melanie Nicholson is Associate Professor of Spanish at Bard College, USA. She is the author of Evil, Madness, and the Occult in Argentine Poetry and recently co-translated Olga Orozco's collection of short stories, A Talisman in the Darkness. Her articles on Latin American literature have appeared in Latin American Literary Review, Letras Femeninas, Crítica Hispánica, Studies in Twentieth and Twenty-First Century Literature, and the Journal of European Studies, among others.