The Routes of Modernity
Spanish American Poetry from the Early 18th Century to the Mid-19th Century
In a bold re-canonization that surpasses the usual belletristic assumptions, Bush argues for the historical, literary, and social importance of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Spanish American poetry in a discussion whose broad purview is signaled by his reading of the continent-wide poetic anthology America poética (1846), which is the focal point of his conclusions. These arguments are based on an analysis of a wide range of specific texts, including poetry from indigenous and popular culture, journalistic settings, and other previously neglected sources. In his reassessment of the period, Bush provides a thoroughly revised foundation for the study of the modernistas.
About the author:
Andrew Bush is Professor of Hispanic Studies and the current Director of Jewish Studies at Vassar College. He has served as the editor-in-chief of the Revista de Estudios Hispánicos and has published essays in a wide variety of fields, including Golden Age Spain, contemporary Peninsula literature, Spanish American literature, comparative literature and literary theory, and Jewish Studies.