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Translating New YorkThe City's Languages in Iberian Literatures$
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Regina Galasso

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781786941121

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: May 2019

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781786941121.001.0001

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The Source of an Avant-Garde Voice: Music and Photography in José Moreno Villa

The Source of an Avant-Garde Voice: Music and Photography in José Moreno Villa

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(p.63) Part II The Source of an Avant-Garde Voice: Music and Photography in José Moreno Villa
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Translating New York
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Regina Galasso

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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.3828/liverpool/9781786941121.003.0003

This part studies the New York prose and poetry of José Moreno Villa, one of the most overlooked cultural figures of twentieth-century Iberian Studies. As a gateway to the context surrounding Moreno Villa's New York, this part begins with a prefatory discussion of Federico García Lorca and his epistolary writing in which he assesses travel to New York as one of the most useful experiences of his life while also repeatedly noting the continuous linguistic negotiations surrounding him while in the city. Then, this part introduces Moreno Villa and the fruits of his transatlantic travel: Pruebas de Nueva York (1927) and Jacinta la pelirroja (1929). Overall, it argues that Moreno Villa's past experiences coupled with his vulnerable linguistic position, as a result of travel, tuned him in the languages of photography, jazz, and the careful use of Spanish, English, and other languages. In doing so, this part proposes that Moreno Villa's literary New York brought his readers more than a superficial experience but one that introduced new discourses and considerations of language and its relationship to other media.

Keywords:   José Moreno Villa, Avant-garde literature, Spanish Poetry, Federico García Lorca, Photography, Jazz, New York City, Travel Writing

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