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Janette Becerra
University of Puerto Rico, Cayey University College (Cayey, PR 00736-3717)

Poetics and Aesthetics in Pedro Salinas' Letters to Katherine Whitmore

Summer research and writing on History, Criticism, and Theory of the Arts, Literary Criticism, and Spanish Literature.

In its "Pedro Salinas Papers" collection, the Houghton Library at Harvard University holds valuable and yet unpublished manuscripts of the celebrated 20th century Spanish poet. In particular, more than half of his letters to Katherine Whitmore???his American mistress and muse of his amatory poetry???remain unpublished. In them, Salinas expresses his views on subjects ranging from a keen literary criticism of his contemporaries to that of his own work; from the aesthetics of the classics to the new technological forms of art that both marveled and worried him; from the intellectual life in the Madrid of the 1930s to the painful consequences of political exile and his positions on the Spanish Civil War and World War II. My project aims to research the collection in order to finish my book "Poetics and Aesthetics in Pedro Salinas??? Letters to Katherine Whitmore", which explores his literary theory in this correspondence and other unpublished textual instances therein contained.

Project fields:
History, Criticism, and Theory of the Arts; Literary Criticism; Spanish Literature

Summer Stipends

Research Programs

Total amounts:
$6,000 (approved)
$6,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
7/1/2015 – 8/31/2015