Tag Archives: spain

New Book on Transnational Modernism in a Periodical Context

One of the least tapped into but most exciting aspects  periodicals studies can play in literary history is the power of the magazine to create links across national literatures.  Modernist studies has been talking about transnational turn for the past decade, but transnationalism remains better theorized than actualized, which is why it’s so exciting to see that Gayle Rogers’Modernism and the New Spain Modernism and the New Spain:  Britain, Cosmopolitan Europe, and Literary History (Oxford University Press) is available now.  Rogers draws heavily on modernist magazines like The Criterion and the Revista de Occidente in order to uncover a long obscured history of collaboration that contributed to the mutual constitution of modernism in Spain and Britain.

What American modernist mags looked like abroad

Anyone interested in how American modernist magazines were read (and why they were read) in Spain would enjoy a piece by a renowned scholar and translator in the 1910s and 20s, Enrique Díez-Canedo.  He contributed a long review to Ortega’s Revista de Occidente in 1925 called ‘El país donde florece la poesía,” and it only takes high school Spanish to get through all the important parts of it.  Among the reviews he review are: Poetry, Little Review, Others, Contemporary Verse, The Quill, The Lyric West, Palms, and Interludes.  It’s fascinating; he sees some figures whom we know as famous as being important, others as even more deserving of praise whom we mostly ignore (Waldo Frank is in the latter camp, for one).

In Rev de Occ VII:21 (Feb. 1925): [sorry, lost the pg #s, somewhere around 357-62.]  Most university libraries will have this journal; if not, it’s available bound through ILL. It was easily the most influential Hispanophone review of the 20s and 30s.