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Front Lines: Soldiers' Writing in the Early Modern Hispanic World by Miguel Martí Nez (review)

Front Lines: Soldiers' Writing in the Early Modern Hispanic World by Miguel Martí Nez (review) 128 i hispanic review : winter 2018 and C. L. R. James, among others, had already affirmed the anti-racist culture of the universal by confronting white supremacy head on. silvio torres -saillant Syracuse University ma rt ´i ne z, mi gu el . Front Lines: Soldiers’ Writing in the Early Modern Hispanic World. U of Pennsylvania P, 2016. vii  309 pp. The point of departure for charting a soldiers’ republic of letters is an epigraph taken from the Aeneid (9.774 –77), which mourns the battlefield poet killed by Turnus. Crethus was “always singing / of cavalry, weapons, wars, and the men who fight them” (Fagles translation, qtd. 1). That is, stories of battles belong as much to the legions of anonymous soldiers as they do to famous commanders waging single combat. With this epigraph serving as a leitmotif from start to finish, Martı- nez explores the ways that soldiers’ writings reshaped classical literary forms, changed notions of truthfulness, and fomented new autobiographical subjectivi- ties. Chapter 1 (“The Soldiers’ Republic of Letters”) unfolds as a catalogue of soldier- poets and -chroniclers whose texts and lives Martı´nez has pieced together in archives and rare book rooms. For instance, Miguel Piedrola http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Hispanic Review University of Pennsylvania Press

Front Lines: Soldiers' Writing in the Early Modern Hispanic World by Miguel Martí Nez (review)

Hispanic Review , Volume 86 (1) – Feb 9, 2018

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128 i hispanic review : winter 2018 and C. L. R. James, among others, had already affirmed the anti-racist culture of the universal by confronting white supremacy head on. silvio torres -saillant Syracuse University ma rt ´i ne z, mi gu el . Front Lines: Soldiers’ Writing in the Early Modern Hispanic World. U of Pennsylvania P, 2016. vii  309 pp. The point of departure for charting a soldiers’ republic of letters is an epigraph taken from the Aeneid (9.774 –77), which mourns the battlefield poet killed by Turnus. Crethus was “always singing / of cavalry, weapons, wars, and the men who fight them” (Fagles translation, qtd. 1). That is, stories of battles belong as much to the legions of anonymous soldiers as they do to famous commanders waging single combat. With this epigraph serving as a leitmotif from start to finish, Martı- nez explores the ways that soldiers’ writings reshaped classical literary forms, changed notions of truthfulness, and fomented new autobiographical subjectivi- ties. Chapter 1 (“The Soldiers’ Republic of Letters”) unfolds as a catalogue of soldier- poets and -chroniclers whose texts and lives Martı´nez has pieced together in archives and rare book rooms. For instance, Miguel Piedrola

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Hispanic ReviewUniversity of Pennsylvania Press

Published: Feb 9, 2018

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