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Kharitonova N.Yu. Mysterious China as a Source for Literary Hoaxes: Poetry in the Spanish Literary Magazine Prisma. Studia Litterarum, 2018, vol. 3, no 3, pp. 94–103. (In Spanish) DOI: 10.22455/2500-4247-2018-3-3-94-103

Author: Natalia Yu. Kharitonova
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Natalia Yu. Kharitonova, PhD in Hispanic Studies, Senior Researcher, A.M. Gorky Institute of World Literature of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Povarskaya 25 a, 121069 Moscow, Russia.

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Received: April 16, 2018
Published: September 25, 2018
Issue: 2018 Vol. 3, №3
Department: World Literature
Pages: 94-103

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Keywords: Spain, China, modernist poetry, literary hoaxes


The essay examines two blocks of poetry published in the pages of a Spanish literary magazine Prisma that came out in Barcelona in the 1920s: one of them presents translations of the poetry by anonymous Chinese author; another one is formed by the poems belonging to the pen of aspiring French female poet with distinctive Oriental motifs. Both are literary hoaxes because the poet T’Zin-Pa-O never existed and the identity of Gisele de Lorient has never been revealed. Both are the result of the mysterious China motif and its circulation in Spain. Spanish periodical press cultivated a peculiar image of Celestial Empire. The image of mysterious China led to literary hoaxing: elaborate modernist stylization appropriated of the general about China and invented new mysteries.

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