This book is the first in-depth exploration of the relationship between Latin American and European modernisms during the long twentieth century. Drawing on comparative, historical, and postcolonial reading strategies (including archival research), it seeks to reenergize the study of modernism by putting the spotlight on the cultural networks and aesthetic dialogues that developed between European and non-European writers, including Pablo Neruda, James Joyce, Leonard Woolf, Virginia Woolf, Jorge Luis Borges, Victoria Ocampo, Roberto Bolaño, Julio Cortázar, Samuel Beckett, Octavio Paz, Carlos Fuentes, and Malcolm Lowry. The book explores a wide range of texts that reflect these writers’ complex concerns with questions of exile, space, empire, colonization, reception, translation, human subjectivity, and modernist experimentation. By rethinking modernism comparatively and by placing this intricate web of cultural interconnections within an expansive transnational (and transcontinental) framework, this unique study opens up new perspectives that delineate the construction of a polycentric geography of modernism. It will be of interest to those studying global modernisms, as well as Latin American literature, transatlantic studies, comparative literature, world literature, translation studies, and the global south.
Table of Contents
1. Pablo Neruda’s Transnational Modernist Networks: Colombo-Madrid-London-Buenos Aires
2. Empire and Commerce in Latin America: Historicising Virginia Woolf’s The Voyage Out
3. Whose Joyce? Whose Modernism? Borges, Bolaño, and the Question of the ‘Ulyssean’ Novel
4. The Reluctant Translator: Beckett’s Road to Mexico (via Paz)
5. The Politics of Death in Mexico: Manet, Lowry, Bolaño and the Ghost of Emperor Maximilian
Coda: Towards Modernist Dialogues in the Global South
Patricia Novillo-Corvalán is Senior Lecturer in Comparative Literature at the University of Kent at Canterbury, UK.