Ultramodernos y transgeneracionales
Andres, Maria del Puig
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The Generation of the 80s, which is represen ted by poets such as Lu is García Montero, Carlos Marzal, Vicente Ga llego, and Almudena Guzmán among others, reproduces distinct patterns of tradition which consecutively deconstruct in a total postmodern framework. These poets have a keen interest in the minute details of everyday life and a profound fascination with what is already know n, as it is evident in the incessant and prolonged presence of the Baroque peri od manifested in their verses. The postnovísimos, as they are known in the Spanish literary wo rld, express a complete awareness of the absurd and paradoxical world where their poems, as Roland Barthes would say, are a “tissue of quotations drawn from the innumerable centres of culture.” The postnovísimos revealed promptly their own anxieties and thoughts by echoing the Baroque period as the age that simplifies and illustrates their own reflections on life. However, they have gradually become estranged from the nihili stic postmodern conception and have come close to what Susan Sontag and Leslie Fied ler call a “new sensibil ity,” characterized by the liveliness and hopefulness of their ve rses. In their recent publications, the postnovísimos express a more hopeful and optimistic view of the Post-modern age. As their verses show, they have learned to liv e without explanation. This new attitude of hopefulness, defined as ultramodernidad, and also referred to as Affirmative postmodernism, Contemporary postmodenism or Extreme postmodernism, has not yet been studied in the postnovísimos. Currently, there are no co mprehensive studies which fully capture the poetics of the 80s. For this reason, I have chosen to focus my dissertation on the new directions detected in their poetry. In order to accomplish this task, I have re-evaluated the term Generation, and I applied the concept of Transgeneration, which describes and reflects more accurately their latest literary attitude: La ultramodernidad.