Cambria Press Publication Review: Contemporary Hispanic Poets
Congratulations to Professor John Burns on the outstanding review by the journal, A contra corriente, of his book Contemporary Hispanic Poets: Cultural Production in the Global, Digital Age!
This book is in the Cambria Latin American Literatures and Cultures series, headed by Professor Román de la Campa, the Edwin B. and Lenore R. Williams Professor of Romance Languages at the University of Pennsylvania.
The book review notes that “John Burns’ study of Hispanic poetry from Chile, Mexico, and Spain employs a cultural studies approach in its analysis of recent poetic production in Spanish. It is innovative in its transatlantic scope, and is a valuable contribution to attempts to reconsider the role and status of the poet in globalized—and especially neoliberal—socioeconomic context.”
Other details noted in the review about the book include:
“[the book] presents a surprising, yet effective pairing of poets: Spaniard Leopoldo María Panero and Chilean Raúl Zurita”
“the sharpness of Burns’ readings of well-known poetry by Panero—more so than elucidations of Panero’s cameos in novels by authors like Roberto Bolaño, Enrique Vila-Matos, etc.—is the strongest element of this section”
“Burns shows himself to be a deft close reader of poetry in his exploration of blurring techniques in Juan Felipe Herrera’s “187 Reasons Mexicanos Can’t Cross the Border,” and the juxtaposition of Guillermo Gómez-Peña and Herrera—with respect to the issue of “the poet as a navigator of a globalizing mediascape.”
See this book at the upcoming #LASA2016 book exhibit in New York City in two weeks!
There is a 30% LASA discount* on the print version of the book, or buy it on Amazon.
*LASA discount: Use coupon code LASA2016 upon checking out at http://www.cambriapress.com.