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Cecilia Enjuto-Rangel, Sebastiaan Faber, Pedro García-Caro, and Robert Patrick Newcomb

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781789620252

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: May 2020

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781789620252.001.0001

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Luis Cernuda’s “Historial de un libro”: A Travelogue

Luis Cernuda’s “Historial de un libro”: A Travelogue

(p.167) Chapter Fourteen Luis Cernuda’s “Historial de un libro”: A Travelogue
Transatlantic Studies

Christina Karageorgou-Bastea

Liverpool University Press

The essay offers a reading of Luis Cernuda's intellectual biography, "Historial de un libro" (Chronicle of a Book), a travelogue where the author traces the routes through which his poetry was generated. In the chronicle life and poetry unfold in tandem and refract under mutual illumination. Cernuda's response to the voices with which he meets on his way from Spain to the New World forges a poetics of crossings, while it extends bridges between physical, metaphorical, and discursive territories. From a temporal and spatial point of view beyond the end of the journey, life and art form a horizon towards which the traveler is headed and on which, at the end, the poet inscribes his diaspora across countries and continents as translation and interpretation of a poetic continuum made of lived experience, literary depiction, and critical reading.

Keywords:   journey, life and art, autobiography, posthumous, lyric dialogue, Trans-Atlantic crossings, diaspora

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