The Twilight of the Avant-Garde
Spanish Poetry 1980–2000
Jonathan Mayhew is Associate Professor of Spanish at the University of Kansas. He previously taught at Ohio State University and has published two books on contemporary Spanish poetry, Claudio Rodríguez and the Language of Poetic Vision (Bucknell UP, 1990) and The Poetics of Self-Consciousness (Bucknell UP, 1994).
Acknowledgments Preface Part One: The Avant-Garde and its Discontents: The Place of Poetry in Contemporary Spanish Culture 1. Aesthetic Conservatism in Recent Spanish Poetry 2. Three Apologies for Poetry 3. Poetry, Politics, and Power Part Two: Valente, Gamoneda, and the “Generation of the 1950s” 4. In Search of Ordinary Language: Revisiting the “Generation of the 1950s” 5. José Ángel Valente’s Lectura de Paul Celan: Translation and the Heideggerian Tradition in Spain 6. Antonio Gamoneda’s Libro de los venenos: The Limits of Genre Part Three: Women Poets of the 1980s and 1990s 7. Gender Under Erasure (Amparo Amorós, Luisa Castro) 8. Desire Deferred: Ana Rossetti’s Punto umbrío 9. Concha García: The End of Epiphany 10. Lola Velasco’s El movimiento de las flores and the Limits of Criticism Afterword Bibliography Index
The new book by Jonathan Mayhew brings together a joint trials stimulant, both about poets that have marked the evolution of the last poetry in Spain as on figures still little addressed by critics. His rigorous approach, although not without controversy, as shaky grounds as of the last Spanish poetry, is worthy of consideration in an area where still scarce studies that offer a comparative perspective on the different poetic in force.
Mario Martin Gijon Revista de Literature, July-December, Vol. LXXIII, No. 146
Mayhew is a critic who is at the top of his game; he combines a breadth of knowledge of the field with acute analysis.
John C. Wilcox
Size: 239 x 163 mm
Publication: May 1, 2009
Series: Contemporary Hispanic and Lusophone Cultures 1