Cesar A. Salgado
Modernism to Neobaroque
Joyce and Lezama Lima examines the historical and intertextual relationships between the aesthetics of European modernism and contemporary Latin American literature in the neobaroque mode by means of a comparative analysis of the works of José Lezama Lima and James Joyce. Revising concepts such as influence, imitation, and appropriation, this work portrays modernism as a postcolonial world aesthetic rather than as a European-centered movement. Contrasting Lezama Lima's reading of Joyce to those by Borges, Pound, Eliot, and Stuart Gilbert, From Modernism to Neobaroque studies the systematic refraction of principles taken from Joyce--aesthetic epiphany, stasis, the use of neologisms, the technic of the labyrinth, the mythical method, and the fictional appropriation of Vico's New Science--in Lezama Lima's novels. At the same time, the book discusses different issues in Hispanic cultural history that influenced Lezama Lima's reading of Joyce, describing a period of Joycean enthusiasm that arose in Hispanic American letters on the publication of the first Spanish translation of Ulysses.
Author Associate Professor Cesar A. Salgado