The Spatiality of the Hispanic Avant-Garde

Ultraísmo & Estridentismo, 1918-1927

The Spatiality of the Hispanic Avant-Garde: Ultraísmo & Estridentismo, 1918-1927 is a thorough exploration of the meanings and values Hispanic poets and artists assigned to four iconic locations of modernity: the city, the cafés, means of transportation, and the sea, during the first decades of the 20th century. Joining important studies on Spatiality, Palomares-Salas convincingly argues that an unsolvable tension between place and space is at the core of the Hispanic avant-garde cultural production. A refreshing, transatlantic perspective on Ultraism and Stridentism, the book moves the Hispanic vanguards forward into broader, international discussions on space and modernism, and offers innovative readings of well-known, as well as rarely studied works.

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Claudio Palomares Salas, PhD (University of Toronto, 2013) is Assistant Professor of Hispanic Studies at Queen’s University, Canada.
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Introduction: Spatiality and the Hispanic Avant-Garde
 1 Space, Place, and the Avant-Garde
 2 The Perspective of Experience
 3 Representing Space
 4 The Hispanic Transatlantic Avant-Garde
 5 Transatlantic Scholarship
 6 Itinerary

1 Cities
 1 Madrid
 2 Mexico City
 3 Skyscrapers
 4 The Eiffel Tower
 5 The Viaduct
 6 Electrical Wiring

2 Cafés
 1 El Colonial and Pombo
 2 Café de Nadie
 3 Doors
 4 Windows
 5 Tables
 6 Mirrors

3 Mobile Spaces
 1 Trams
 2 Automobiles
 3 Airplanes
 4 Pilots
 5 Ships

4 The Ultraísta Sea
 1 Borges’s Sea
 2 Adriano del Valle’s Foam
 3 Humberto Rivas’s Ocean
 4 Guillermo de Torre’s High Tide
 5 Harbours
 6 Cathedrals

All interested in modernism, the avant-garde movements, Latin America, Spain, transatlantic studies, spatiality, poetry, and visual culture.