The editorial categories are research topics that have guided researchers during the recovery phase and continue to be the impetus behind the Documents Project’s digital archive and the Critical Documents book series. Developed by the project’s Editorial Board, each of the teams analyzed this framework and adapted it to their local contexts in developing their research objectives and work plans during the Recovery Phase. Learn more on the Editorial Framework page.
This is an editorial note appearing in the magazine NÚMERO written in 1949 on occasion of the death of Joaquín Torres García that same year and in commemoration of the bicentennial of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s death. The note stressed the issues of ethics that were so beloved by Torres García announcing the presence of an article written by Sarandy Cabrera (one of the editors of the magazine Removedor, published by the Torres García workshop) in the latter pages of the magazine. The Mexican writer and diplomat Alfonso Reyes is cited referencing a quote on the American continent. The note highlights the presence of “all and any men, apostles and cannon fodder, saints and unknown soldiers”, rather than “titans” and “the heroic sons of our culture”.
The editorial article of the magazine NÚMERO was not signed, though most likely, it had been written by the essayist Emir Rodríguez Monegal (1921-85) who subsequently became a literary critic, professor and director of the Latin American Studies Department at Yale University. It demonstrated the impact produced at the local level by the death of Joaquín Torres García (1874 -1949) and seeking to relate his death to the year of the bicentennial of the birth of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. The perspective is twofold, on the one hand, recalling certain points of reference that JTG took from Goethe in his years of initial creativity and, on the other hand, admitting that the German thinker was always a writer alien to the Uruguayan cultural universe.