Academic journal article Hispanic Review

Hispanic Review

Academic journal article Hispanic Review

Hispanic Review

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Reply to Ignacio Javier López. Hispanic Review 80.1 (2012): 165-167.

It is never easy to receive a critique of one's work. Professor López objected to my review of his book, Pedro Antonio de Alarcón (prensa, política, novela de tesis), in the pages of Hispanic Review. That is perfectly understandable. He notes that the purpose of his book was not to inquire whether Alarcón deserved to be in the canon or not, but to rescue him from neglect and recontextualize his significance. I agree. In my review, I observed that López was "to be heartily commended" for devoting a book to the novelist. I praised his efforts at contextualizing this neglected figure; I praised his analyses of individual texts. What I wanted to see was more balance and nuance in the presentation of the writer, noting that "we cannot impose our ideas on the past to make it something we think it ought to have been or to disparage what it was." I am puzzled why López would think such a view represents an espousal of some of the more deplorable ideas Alarcón held. …

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