A Companion to José Enrique Rodó
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524 Pages

23.4 x 15.6 cm

12 b/w. Illustrations

Series: Monografías A

Imprint: Tamesis Books

A Companion to José Enrique Rodó

by Gustavo San Román

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The first comprehensive intellectual biography of one of the greatest cultural figures of the Spanish-speaking world.
This Companion to José Enrique Rodó (1871-1917) is the first comprehensive intellectual biography in English of the great Latin Americanist, stylist, and writer on the ethical and aesthetic development of the youth of his subcontinent. Rodó is best known for his essay Ariel (1900), which marked the consolidation of modernity in Latin America in the wake of mass immigration and Spain's crushing defeat at the hands of a United States that wasimpressing upon its southern neighbours the unequivocal signs of its might. The circumstances were therefore most propitious for reflection on what being Latin American meant; Ariel did precisely that, as it pondered "roots" and proposed future "routes".
The book provides, in chronological order, a detailed and up-to-date assessment of Rodó's writings, his context and legacy, both immediate (during the period of arielismo) and current,and draws widely on unpublished material from the extensive archives of his papers held in Montevideo. As befits its subject matter, the book's aim has been idealistic: to cover all relevant aspects of Rodó's work in order to givethe fullest possible account of his worldview, including hitherto little-explored areas that shed new light on it, notably the relationship between his philosophical stance, religion and politics.

Gustavo San Román is Professor of Spanish at the University of St Andrews.
Illustrations
Acknowledgements
Bibliographical Note
Introduction
Context: Family, Political Turbulence, Liberalism and Religion (to 1880)
Early Writings: The Lberal Newspaper Child and the Marks of a Catholic Upbringing (1881-1894)
Going Public: Revista Nacional de Literatura y Ciencias Sociales and Related Material (1895-1899)
Going Global: Ariel (1900)
Religion and Liberalismo y jacobinismo (1901-1906)
Personal Development andLliving the Good Life: Proteo (1906-1909)
Politics, Heroes, and Literature: El mirador de Próspero (1913)
Tying Loose Ends: Public Intellectual and Popular Pedagogue (c. 1910-1916)
Europe, Death and El camino de Paros (1916-1918)
Rodó's Legacy
Conclusion
Bibliography
Index
"Gustavo San Román's intellectual biography of the Uruguayan stylist and philosopher José Enrique Rodó is both a labour of love and a remarkable manifestation of the finest traditions of rigorous and engaging academic scholarship. [...] All in all, this is an indispensable account of Rodó's life and work. It is elegantly written, extremely clear, and utterly engaging in its gentle enthusiasm. Indeed, the gracious and positive tone is almost like an echo of Rodó himself: in an age of increasingly dogmatic and restrictive cultural criticism, this book is a paean to beauty, tolerance, and constructive thinking." MODERN LANGUAGE REVIEW
"[A]n indispensable contribution to the reevaluation of the main theorist of early twentieth-century 'americanismo', and even beyond Rodó, this book encourages a new and challenging interpretation of a classical Latin American literary tradition." FORUM FOR MODERN LANGUAGE STUDIES
"Gustavo San Román's intellectual biography of José Enrique Rodó is one of the best studies devoted to the oeuvre of one of the most influential thinkers in the history of Latin America. [N]o one interested in the intellectual history of Latin America should overlook A Companion to José Enrique Rodó. As an introduction to the philosopher's life and works it is simply indispensable." BULLETIN OF LATIN AMERICAN RESEARCH
"A través de esta edición, que tanto dice sobre Rodó, sobre la cultura británica y sobre Gustavo San Román, recuperamos los aportes de los muchos estudiosos de aquél, al tiempo que quedamos en posesión de elementos hasta hoy desconocidos (o sólo en parte conocidos) de quién llegó a ser y cómo surgieron sus intuiciones, sus ideas, sus percepciones históricas, sus pautas de maestro y crítico, los lugares de belleza que no existían antes de su conciencia y de su modo de expresar." LA MAÑANA, MONTEVIDEO
"San Román's monumental study is a welcome contribution to an already massive bibliography dedicated to Rodó's complex responses to modernity in Latin America from various theoretical standpoints. [...] the book is essential reading for anyone interested in fully appreciating Rodó's contribution to Latin America's distinctive future." Revista de Estudios Hispánicos

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Title Details

524 Pages

2.34 x 1.56 cm

12 b/w. Illustrations

Series: Monografías A

Imprint: Tamesis Books