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Bourdieu’s Imposition of Form and Modernismo: The Symbolic Power of a Literary Movement

  • Andrew Reynolds
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Abstract

This chapter explores the Spanish American modernista movement and the textual production and alteration of language that allowed writers to wield symbolic power in the cultural, journalistic, literary and political fields for several decades. Using textual examples from Rubén Darío, Amado Nervo, Julian del Casal and Enrique Gómez Carrillo, the chapter incorporates the theoretical concept of Bourdieu’s “Imposition of Form” in order to think through Modernismo’s symbolic power and its wide, transnational influence at the turn of the twentieth century. It extends Bourdieu’s “imposition of form,” mediated through social institutions and the construction of the cultural field, resulting in an overcoming of the natural censorship that the sociologist sees as a direct result of deliberate formalism. In this way, Modernismo complicates literary autonomy through the wide public dissemination of its texts, and the movement’s interfield influence paradoxically increases its symbolic power across the Hispanic world.

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  • Andrew Reynolds
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  1. 1.Department of English, Philosophy and Modern LanguagesWest Texas A&M UniversityCanyonUSA

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