5 jun. 2011

Review of TOTAV

My friend Luis Martín-Estudillo reviews Twilight of the Avant-Garde in the recent issue of MLN.
Durante el año 2009 aparecieron dos libros de Jonathan Mayhew: Apocryphal Lorca: Parody, Translation, Kitsch (publicado por University of Chicago Press),y el que centra esta reseña. Tal annus mirabilis del profesor de la Universidad de Kansas lo ha confirmado como uno de los más señeros críticos de la poesía española escrita durante la última centuria. Su obra es idiosincrática y a menudo polémica, pues nunca renuncia a expresarse desde una combativa parcialidad, pero resulta siempre sugestiva, rigurosamente razonada, y certeramente presentada.

[In 2009 two books by JM appeared, AL and the one I'm reviewing here. This annus mirabilis of the KU prof confirms him as one of the most extraordinary critics of Spanish poetry written during the last century. His work is idiosyncratic and often polemical, since he never passes up the opportunity to express himself from a combative partiality, but it is always suggestive, rigorously argued, and accurately presented.]