Manuel Gutiérrez Nájera Further Reading - Essay

Further Reading

(Nineteenth-Century Literary Criticism)


Mapes, E. K. “The Pseudonyms of Manuel Gutiérrez Nájera.” PMLA 64, no. 4 (September 1949): 648-77.

Explores Nájera's use of pseudonyms in an attempt to account for as much of the writer's work as possible and to correct common errors of attribution.


Cravens, Sydney Paul. “Manuel Gutiérrez Nájera, Benigno Pallol and the Former's Review of the Latter's Esoteric Interpretación del Quijote.” Hispanofila 119 (January 1997): 23-9.

Discusses Pallol's misfortune in having his only book subjected to Nájera's satirical criticism.

Crow, John A. “Some Aspects of Literary Style.” Hispania 38, no. 4 (December 1955): 393-403.

Analyzes the various elements of Nájera's literary style and its influence on Spanish American writers who followed him.

Englekirk, John Eugene. “Poe's Influence in Spanish America.” In Edgar Allan Poe in Hispanic Literature, pp. 240-6. New York: Instituto de las Españas en Los Estados Unidos, 1934.

Contains a brief section on Poe's influence on Nájera.

Fraser, Howard M. In the Presence of Mystery: Modernist Fiction and the Occult. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Department of Romance Languages, 1992.

Contains a brief discussion of the spiritualist themes of Nájera's short story “Berta y Manón” and of the modernist animistic doctrine evident in “El sueño de Magda,” “El viejo invierno,” and “Días nublados.”

Oberhelman, Harley D. “Manuel Gutiérrez Nájera, His “Crónicas” in the “Revista Azul.”” Hispania 43, no. 1 (March 1960): 49-55.

Discusses Nájera's contributions to modernism, particularly through his crónicas, which were most influential on the group of young writers headquartered in Mexico City during Nájera's lifetime.

———. “The Literary Generation of the Revista Azul.” In In Honor of Boyd G. Carter, edited by Catherine Vera and George R. McMurray, pp. 67-75. Laramie: The University of Wyoming, 1981.

Studies the Mexican literary community of young modernists led by Nájera and their contributions to his journal Revista Azul.

Additional coverage of Gutiérrez Nájera's life and career is contained in the following sources published by the Gale Group: Hispanic Literature Criticism Supplement, Ed. 2; Latin American Writers; and Literature Resource Center.