Associate Professor of Spanish
Poetas españoles de posguerra by Manuel Mantero
A serious, exhaustive, and profound study of postwar Spanish poets that is beautifully written by a Spanish poet, this book was revolutionary when published and continues to stir up controversy. It both sums up and calls into question traditional criticism without falling into the (clap)trap of so much post-modern doublespeak. Its impact on my career has been evident from the start: the book inspired my field of study and moved me in a different direction when writing about literature, culture, and the human condition.