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Week 1: Pablo Neruda, Canto general and the American Epic

Poems: ‘Las Alturas de Macchu Picchu’ [The Heights of Macchu Picchu], Section 2 of Canto General [General Song] (photocopy of both Spanish original and English translation will be provided).

Film: Online clips of documentary in production, Pablo Neruda: The Poet’s Calling (Dir. Carlos Bolado, narrated by Isabel Allende, 2009) at


General Readings: (NB. If your Spanish is good there are lots of helpful articles in Spanish on JSTOR, just search for Pablo Neruda)

Marjorie Agosin, Pablo Neruda (trans. by Lorraine Ross; Boston, 1986).

Salvatore Bizzarro, Pablo Neruda. All Poets the Poet (Metuchen and London, 1979).

Gordon Brotherston, Latin American Poetry. Origins and Presence (Cambridge, 1975). Esp. Chapter 3.

René de Costa, The Poetry of Pablo Neruda (Cambridge and London, 1979).

John Deredita, ‘Review: Gaps, Translations, Loaded Words: Poetics and Current Neruda Criticism’, Latin American Research Review, 19:2 (1984), pp. 260-75. Available online via JSTOR

Manuel Durán and Margery Safir, Earth Tones: the Poetry of Pablo Neruda (Bloomington, 1981).

Adam Feinstein, Pablo Neruda: A Passion for Life (London, 2004).

David Patrick Gallagher, Modern Latin American Literature (London, 1973). Chapter 4.

Mike Gonzalez and David Treece, The Gathering of Voices. The Twentieth-Century Poetry of Latin America (London, 1992). Esp. Chapter 6.

Stephen Hart, A Companion to Spanish-American Literature (London, 1999). Chapter 5.

Nobel Foundation, ‘Pablo Neruda, Nobel Prize in Literature 1971: Biography’, Nobel Prize, 2009.

Pablo Neruda, ‘Nobel Lecture’ (13 December 1971), Nobel Prize, 2009.

Christopher Perriam, The Late Poetry of Pablo Neruda (Oxford, 1989).

Volodia Teitelboim, Neruda: An Intimate Biography (trans. by Beverly J. DeLong-Tonelli; Austin, 1991).


Themes to be considered and further reading: landscape, (Latin) American identity, indigenous people and language, movement, self discovery, the role of the poet.


Nissim Ezekiel, ‘Neruda as Archetypal Poet’ in Alok Bhalla (ed.), García Márquez and Latin America (London, 1987), pp. 81-88.

John Felstiner, Translating Neruda: The Way to Macchu Picchu (Stanford, 1980).

Djelal Kadir, ‘Neruda and Whitman: Short-Circuiting the Body Electric’, Pacific Coast Philology, 8 (1973), pp. 16-22. Available online via JSTOR

James Nolan, Poet-Chief: The Native American Poetics of Walt Whitman and Pablo Neruda (Albuquerque, 1994). On order from library

Frank Riess, The Word and the Stone. Language and Imagery in Neruda’s Canto General (London, 1972).

Enrico Mario Santí, Pablo Neruda: The Poetics of Prophecy (Ithaca and London, 1982).



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