Additional books on Vallejo

Everyone’s Vallejo dissertation now appears to have been influenced by mine, although they are surely not. Nonetheless work on Vallejo has improved massively since I retired from that field, which I did partly because I was not sure then how to contend with such bad work from such authoritative, respected and powerful people.

Carlos Javier Morales’ book, which says Vallejo is postmodern, is of some interest although I would say the vanguardia is postmodern, anyway. I would read this with interest if I did not feel I needed more urgently to read people like González Vigil, whom I have been neglecting as well. Another interesting book I had not seen is by Antonio González Montes and it is on Escalas melografiadas (hacia la modernización narrativa, UNMSM, Lima, 2002). And Contra el secreto profesional was translated to English in 2002, so Vallejo studies are truly growing.

Stephen Hart’s biography is fascinating and I wish I could afford to buy it. (I also note that I am able to read now without going into dissociative states or panic or disabling sadness, and this is very interesting.)

I have also been able to see, although not study the autógrafos olvidados, and Fló’s preface and introduction to these are worth reading. I would like to buy this book as well.

This book by Rowe and Gutiérrez has value but does not seem so different from earlier work by Rowe. Still, it is something I would like to have available to consult.

I have Julio Ortega’s 1986 book, La teoría poética de César Vallejo, somewhere but I cannot find it. I remember it seeming like a leap forward in Vallejo criticism when it came out, but now it seems more like the last gasp of the old way of reading.

What Ortega has to say about raza y palabra on 14-20 has been contested by people like Tace Hedrick. Ortega seems to think Vallejo thinks he can elaborate his yo poético as a kind of genio de la raza (or Dios) [GOSH I wonder whether this is why Ortega hated my work so]. Vallejo wants to connect raza and palabra in a monumental way, but in fact looks at raza nostalgically and represents himself as a modern person alienated from it … and HN is a book that documents the exhaustion of modernismo. This is the kind of lectura it is of interest to superar and that I think has been superado.

The most substantive of the books I have looked at today is Sobrevilla’s, from 1994. Much of what is in this book is old, but worthwhile.

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