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Naciones intelectuales: Las fundaciones de la modernidad literaria mexicana (1917–1959)

Ignacio M. Sánchez Prado

In Naciones intelectuales, Ignacio M. Sánchez Prado explores the processes and works that laid the foundations of a new literary modernity in the wake of the Mexican Revolution. Focusing on a period that goes from the signing of the Constitution in 1917 to the death of Alfonso Reyes in 1959, Sánchez Prado centers his analysis on the way in which four elements of Mexican cultural practice—the notion of literature, the figure of the intellectual, the creation of academic institutions and the definition of national identity—emerged through the various debates held by leading figures of the period. Through an appropriation of Pierre Bourdieu’s notion of “literary field,” the book analyzes different key moments, controversies, and cultural interventions, which ultimately led the diverse aesthetic spectrum created by the Revolution into becoming a highly institutional system of literature. Sánchez Prado’s work deals with a wide range of writers, including Alfonso Reyes, Jorge Cuesta, Manuel Maples Arce, Ramón López Velarde, Francisco Monterde, José Gaos, the Hiperión philosophers, and Octavio Paz. As a result, this books offers a cartography of Mexican literary institutions unprecedented in scope, which will allow readers, students, and scholars to understand the construction of modern Mexican literature in a clear, rigorous, and systematic way.

“In Naciones intelectuales, Sánchez Prado provides a significant revision of key moments in twentieth-century Mexican literary and intellectual history, from the avant-garde onward, partly through the careful reconstruction and analysis of the evolving institutional context. ... The brilliant study is, among other things, a forceful attempt to dislodge some of the most persistent conceptual paradigms, myths, and stereotypes that continue to loom large in popular and scholarly visions of Mexican identity and intellectual history.” —Sebastiaan Faber, Oberlin College

"Este libro abre preguntas que como académicos, críticos o escritores no podemos ignorar. ... Si ya no es posible pensar en términos de 'nación' el desafío es enorme, y el libro de Sánchez Prado es el primer paso del camino." —Ana Sabau,Tierra Adentro, issue 165 (2010): 114-16.

"Scholars of twentieth-century Mexican literature will necessarily have to read Palou and Sánchez Prado's books to understand the formation of the modern literary field. ... Among the many merits of Naciones intelectuales is Sánchez Prado's able re-inscription of the literary into a conversation about politics and cultural criticism. ... Naciones intelectuales dismantles several entrenched stereotypes about Mexican literature and boldly calls for a redefinition of the critical canon." —Manuel Gutierrez, A Contra-corriente 9.2 (Winter 2012): 432-31.

"Naciones intelectuales constituye una seria contribución de la reciente historia cultural mexicana. ... cualquier estudioso de la literatura y la cultura mexicanas necesitará ... utilizar la erudición de este libro." —Pedro M. Muñoz, Hispania 94 (Dec. 2011): 7656-66.

"... un libro cuya profundidad alcanzará, porque lo merece, nuevas ediciones." —Javier Vargas de Luna, Revista Canadiense de Estudios Hispánicos 35.2 (Winter 2011): 441-44.

“Este recuento crítico centra su interés en las obras y escritores que ... fueron capaces de imaginar versiones alternativas de la nación y la identidad mexicanas, articulaciones discursivas a las que el autor denomina 'naciones intelectuales.' ... uno de los mayores aciertos de Sánchez Prado es la voluntad de sistematización de todo este legado contestatario ... Naciones intelectuales constituye una referencia imprescindible para todo lector que desee pensar la modernidad literaria mexicana más allá de estereotipos teóricos, interpretaciones anquilosadas y discursos normativos sobre la nación.” —Carles Ferrando Valero, Colorado Review of Hispanic Studies 8–9 (Fall 2010–11): 411–13.

"En este fascinante estudio, que ya ha tenido y sin duda serguirá teniendo impacto en los campos de las literaturas mexicanas y latinoamericanas, Sánchez Prado elabora una lectura detallada de los discursos literarios de una serie de figuras para él claves en la historia de las letras mexicanas, sobre todo por sus posiciones variadas y a veces antagónicas para con el poder estatal y la cultural oficializada del PRI." —Susan Antebi, Literatura Mexicana 23.1 (2012): 129-31.

“…la invitación del libro de Sánchez Prado: a partir de las ‘naciones intelectuales’ proponer ‘un espacio de pensamiento de México fuera de las recurrencias del mestizaje y los estereotipos’ (242). Es una invitación que hay que aceptar.” —Pablo Brescia, Chasqui 41.2 (Nov 2012): 195-98

Ignacio M. Sánchez Prado, Washington University, is the author of El canon y sus formas: La reinvención de Harold Bloom y sus lecturas hispanoamericanas (2002). He has edited various collections of scholarly articles, the most recent of which is El arte de la ironía: Carlos Monsiváis ante la crítica (2007; co-edited with Mabel Moraña). He has published extensively on Mexican literature and culture, and on questions of the relationship between canon construction, world literature, and Latin American writing, in journals such as Casa de las Américas, Journal of Latin American Cultural Studies, Colorado Review of Hispanic Studies, Revista Canadiense de Estudios Hispánicos, Revista de Crítica Literaria Latinoamericana, and Comparative Literature.

978-1-55753-538-2 In Spanish.
2009.Vol. 47. c. 320 pp. Paper $43.95

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