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Pablo Neruda's Transnational Modernist Networks: Colombo-Madrid-London-Buenos Aires

Novillo-Corvalan, Patricia (2017) Pablo Neruda's Transnational Modernist Networks: Colombo-Madrid-London-Buenos Aires. Modernist Cultures, 12 (2). pp. 198-225. ISSN 2041-1022. E-ISSN 1753-8629. (doi:10.3366/mod.2017.0168) (Access to this publication is currently restricted. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

This article positions Pablo Neruda’s poetry collection Residence on Earth I (written between 1925-1931 and published in 1933) as a ‘text in transit’ that allows us to trace the development of transnational modernist networks through the text’s protracted physical journey from British colonial Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) to Madrid, and from José Ortega y Gasset’s Revista de Occidente (The Western Review) to T. S. Eliot’s The Criterion. By mapping the text’s (and Neruda's) diasporic movement, I seek to reinterpret its complex composition process as part of an anti-imperialist commitment that proposes a form of aesthetic solidarity with artistic modernism in Ceylon, on the one hand, and as a vehicle through which to interrogate the reception and categorisation of Latin American writers and their cultural institutions in a British periodical such as The Criterion, on the other. I conclude with an examination of Neruda’s idiosyncratic Spanish translation of Joyce’s Chamber Music, which was published in the Buenos Aires little magazine Poesía in 1933, positing that this translation exercise takes to further lengths his decolonising views by giving new momentum to the long-standing question of Hiberno-Latin American relations.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.3366/mod.2017.0168
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN865 Comparative Literature
P Language and Literature > PQ Romance literatures > Hispanic Studies
P Language and Literature > PR English literature
Divisions: Faculties > Humanities > School of European Culture and Languages > Comparative Literature
Depositing User: Patricia Novillo-Corvalan
Date Deposited: 23 Jul 2016 08:20 UTC
Last Modified: 10 Sep 2019 15:24 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/56582 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Novillo-Corvalan, Patricia: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-0751-1930
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