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Modernism in Latin American Literature (01:19)


Modernism swept Latin America during the late 19th century, a time when colonialism and great social change transformed the continent. Modernism shaped Latin American literature across genres into highly original works.

Modernismo: Latin American Literature and Identity (02:18)

Scholars debate the origins of the Modernist aesthetic movement in Latin American literature. The Modernismo agenda sought to integrate Latin American identity by means of authors who had distinct visions about what being Latin American meant.

The Nature and Impact of Modernismo on Latin American Literature (02:45)

Latin America's Modernismo aesthetic movement synthesized three movements which migrated from Europe: Romanticism, Symbolism, and Parnassian Poetry. The nature and impact of Modernismo on Latin American literature are examined.

Linguistic Innovation in Latin America's Modernista Poetry (03:43)

Linguistic innovation was a primary goal of Latin America's Modernist authors; this aim is especially evident in the period's lyric poetry. Latin American Spanish underwent a major transformation as a result of Modernismo.

Musicality in Latin America's Modernista Poetry (04:23)

Much of Latin America's Modernist poetry attempted to replicate the aesthetic qualities of music. The poems of Jos+¬ Mart+¡ and other poets are examined.

Latin American Literature: Rubén Darío (01:48)

Latin America's Modernist writers sought to bring literature into closer proximity with the other arts. The work and influence of Rubén Darío are examined.

Eroticism and Mysticism in Modernista Latin American Literature (03:51)

Eroticism, mysticism, and exotic images permeated Latin America's Modernista poetry. The works of several authors are examined.

Anguish in Modernista Latin American Literature (03:11)

Yearning, anxiety, and anguish expressed by Latin America's Modernista poets stood in contrast to late 19th century pragmatism and romantic notions. The works of Rub+¬n Dar+¡o and other authors are examined.

Modernista Prose in Latin American Literature (04:34)

The effects of Latin America's Modernismo aesthetic movement on prose and journalism are examined. The work and influence of Manuel Guti+¬rrez N+íjera and other authors are examined.

Fantasy and the Occult in Modernist Latin American Literature (02:49)

The narrative aesthetics of Latin America's Modernista authors included the strange, the mysterious, and the fantastic. Science, myth, and the occult influenced works by Leopoldo Lugones, Clemente Palma, and others.

Latin American Literature: Journalism and the Cronica (04:23)

Latin America's Modernismo movement gave rise to a unique and popular genre of short prose known as the cronica. The form developed from journalism and involves commenting on narrated current events of diverse topics.

Latin American Literature: The Cronica and José Martí (02:24)

Latin America's Modernismo movement gave rise to a unique genre of short prose known as the cronica. Cuban writer José Martí raised this hybrid of journalism and commentary to an art form; Martí is profiled and his work is examined.

Latin American Literature: José Martí in the United States (02:03)

Cuban writer José Martí lived in the United States for 15 years and was keenly aware of the implications of Manifest Destiny for Latin America. He initiated a tradition of Spanish language journalism in the United States.

Latin American Literature: José Martí's Influence and Style (01:59)

The rich, adjective-filled prose of José Martí has influenced generations of Latin American writers. His writing style and his outlook on American events are examined.

Latin America's Modernista Literature: The Journalism of Rubén Darío (02:38)

Rubén Darío's journalistic work and his relationship with José Martí are examined. His newspaper columns featured vivid characters and innovative use of language.

Latin America's Modernista Literature: The Novel (04:20)

As a genre, the Latin American novel was in a state of constant flux during the late 19th century. Skepticism about the possibilities of the novel grew, but Modernist Latin American writers continued to experiment with the genre.

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It was an aesthetic movement with an ambitious program: linguistic innovation as a means of liberation from Romanticism and Neoclassicism, and as a way to clarify Latin American identity. As this program explains, Modernismo coincided with a burst of interest in stories and accounts that were tied to the creation of independent nation states. Viewers will discover valuable insights regarding this cultural tidal wave and the ways in which it transformed the novel, lyrical poetry, and nonfiction prose into highly original shapes. The achievements of Rubén Darío, José Martí, Manuel Gutiérrez Nájera, José Asunción Silva, and other seminal writers are examined, along with the external influences of the Symbolists and the Parnassian Poets. An FFH&S/Tranquilo Coproduction. (51 minutes)

Length: 51 minutes

Item#: BVL35417

ISBN: 978-1-4213-7772-8

Copyright date: ©2008

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2008 Telly Award


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