María del Pilar Blanco is Associate Professor of Spanish American Literature at the University of Oxford, where she is also Fellow in Spanish at Trinity College. She is currently completing her second book project, Modernist Laboratories: Science and the Poetics of Progress in Spanish America, 1870–1930.
María del Pilar Blanco
Sometimes, when entering a text in search of an angle on translation and modernism, we end up with something altogether different. Alejo Carpentier’s “Lettre des Antilles” (1929) was a starting point of what became for me a game of modernist serendipity.