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The Dilemma of Modernity

Ramón Gómez de la Serna and the Spanish Modernist Novel

John A. McCulloch

The Dilemma of Modernity is a study of the evolution of Ramón Gómez de la Serna’s narrative fiction within the context of European Modernism. At a time when Joyce, Kafka, Proust, and Woolfe were experimenting with prose fiction, very little is known about Spain’s contribution to the novel. Despite his years in Paris, when it was still considered the cultural capital of Europe, and his championing of the avant-garde in Spain in the 1920s through his literary salon Pombo, which attracted figures such as Borges, Picasso, Huidobro, Buñuel and Lorca, Ramón Gómez de la Serna’s work has suffered from critical neglect.
The Dilemma of Modernity sets Gómez de la Serna’s work within the cultural and historical context of the time and traces his evolution from aesthete to promoter of the avant-garde, modernist, and existentialist.


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Acknowledgments xi


Acknowledgments I would like to express my thanks to the British Academy and the Carnegie Trust for the award of grant monies to assist in the publication of this book, and also to the School of Modern Languages at Strathclyde University for granting me research leave. My thanks is also due to Robin Warner at Shef- field University for his help and patient guidance in the early stages of my research. I am also grateful to Ana Avila for her assistance in finding some of the first editions of Ramón’s novels, to Dorita Osorno for her hospitality dur- ing my visits to Madrid, and to my wife Annette for her support throughout.

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