Sebastián Pineda Buitrago

Sebastián Pineda Buitrago
Image Credit: Sebastián Pineda Buitrago

International Research Training Group "Between Spaces"

Movements, Actors and Representations of Globalisation

PhD Candidate

Field of Activity

Project: "Vision and Revision of Spain: Alfonso Reyes in Madrid (1914-1924)"

Email spineda@colmex.mx

Since 2011

Doctoral student in Ibero-American Literature, Centro de Estudios y Lingüísticos Literarios, El Colegio de México

2010-2011

Master’s degree in Spanish philology at the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas-Centro de Ciencias Sociales y Humanas (CSIC-CCSH)-Universidad Nacional a Distancia (UNED),Madrid, Spain.

2006-2008

Research Assistant at the Instituto Caro y Cuervo (Bogotá, Colombia)

2001-2005

Bachelor’s degree in literature at the Universidad de los Andes, Bogotá, Colombia.

Vision and Revision of Spain: Alfonso Reyes in Madrid (1914-1924)


Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Anthony Stanton (El Colegio de México)


My research focuses on the work of Mexican intellectual Alfonso Reyes (1889-1959) that was written while he was living in Spain. Reyes’ oeuvre – one of the most influential individual contributions to modern letters and the globalization of twentieth century Mexican literature – is influenced in particular by two historical events in the Western world: the Mexican Revolution and the First World War. In addition, it is closely connected to the works of the Spanish writers of the Generation of ‘98 and Generation of ‘14: Miguel de Unamuno, José Ortega y Gasset, “Azorin” (pseudonym of José Martínez Ruiz), Juan Ramón Jiménez, Ramón Serna, among others. Reyes strove to look critically at the Spanish tradition and to revive it with the ideas of European modernism. This made Reyes, like Unamuno and Ortega, one of the key figures of modernism for the intellectual community of Spanish-speaking nations. Due to his transatlantic experience, Reyes was able to continue his dialogue with other major European humanists and his correspondence with the German Hellenist Werner Jaeger. Finally, Reyes also critically explored in his work the topic of the philosophy of language and phenomenology. In 1944, the Mexican author came up with his own literary theory.

Books

  • (2013) Breve historia de la narrativa colombiana. Siglos XVI-XX. Ed. Siglo del Hombre Editores-Red de Bibliotecas Públicas del Ministerio de Cultura-Plan Nacional de Lectura y Escritura, Bogotá, 384 p.
  • (2007) La musa crítica. Teoría y ciencia literaria de Alfonso Reyes. Ed: El Colegio Nacional, México, 147 p.

Articles in Anthologies

  • (2012) 'Alfonso Reyes (1889-1959)', en: Domingo Ródenas (ed.), 100 escritores del siglo XX. Ámbito Hispánico. Ed. Ariel, Barcelona, p. 95-101.
  •  (2008) 'Germán Espinosa. La otra cara de la literatura colombiana', en: Cristo Rafael Figueroa Sánchez, Luz Mary Giraldo Bermúdez, Carmen Elisa Acosta Peñaloza (eds.), Germán Espinosa. Señas del amanuense. Ed. Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, Bogotá, p. 95-107.

Articles

  • (2013) 'Entre el desprecio y la admiración: visión de Estados Unidos en Ulises criollo de José Vasconcelos', en: Latinoamérica: revista de estudios latinoamericanos, núm., 57 (enero-marzo), 2013/2, p. 125-151. Centro de Investigaciones sobre América Latina y el Caribe, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Mexico City.
  • (2012) 'Tradición, aportes y desafío de la teoría literaria en lengua española. Entrevista a Miguel Ángel Garrido Gallardo', en ARBOR. Ciencia, pensamiento y cultura, vol. 187, No. 758, noviembre-diciembre (2012), p. 1197-1205. Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC), Madrid.
  • (2010) 'Baruch Spinoza y América Ladina. En busca del fraile colombiano delator de Spinoza y del factor hispánico en el origen de la filosofía moderna', en ISTOR. Revista de historia internacional. Editor: Jean Meyer. Año XI, No., 42, otoño de 2010, p. 96-116. Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económica (CIDE), Mexico City.
  • (2008) 'Alfonso Reyes. Humanización de nuestra América', en Revista Anthropos, Alfonso Reyes. La total circunferencia. Un pensamiento hispanoamericano. Editor: Sebastián Pineda Buitrago. No. 221 (octubre-diciembre), 2008, p. 33-41. Editorial Anthropos, Barcelona.