The Cambridge History of Latin American Literature

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Volume 1 begins with pre-Columbian traditions and the first contact with European culture, and continues through to the end of the nineteenth century. New World historiography, epic poetry, theater, the novel, and the essay form are among the areas covered in this comprehensive and authoritative treatment.

"Primary and vital resource for literary specialists, historians, students of all levels, and general readers interested in this period. Leading scholars write about diverse genres (narrative, essay, poetry, theater) and cultural interests and ideas (intellectual life, historiography, Viceregal culture, Mesoamerican indigenous peoples and cultures). Literature articles include analysis and discussion of canonic and previously marginalized authors and treat representative works, genres, and literary and philosophical currents. Extremely useful, well written, and interesting"--Handbook of Latin American Studies, v. 58.

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"...this exceptional three-volume history of Latin American Literature...surpasses its goal....Congatulations to contributors, editors, and publishers on what will become a classic in the field." F. Colecchia, Choice

"Primary and vital resource for literary specialists, historians, students of all levels, and general readers interested in this period. Extremely useful, well written, and interesting." Handbook of Latin American Studies

"This volume of the Cambridge History of Latin American Literature offers well-informed and thorough coverage of the twentieth century....The editors of this volume have organized a well-conceived and authoritative volume that any student or scholar of Latin American Literature will find extremely valuable. The depth and breadth of this book are remarkable." Raymond Leslie Williams, Revista de Estudios Hispánicos

"Roberto González Echevarría and Enrique Pupo-Walker have done a tremendous sesrvice to Latin American letters by editing The Cambridge History of Latin American Literature. This landmark work brings together critical essays addressing the major areas of the discipline by more than forty specialists of Spanish American and Brazilian literature. The Cambridge History of Latin American Literature is an outstanding reference work in both its scope and its depth, one that will define and enrich the work of researchers and teachers in the field for years to come." Edward Waters Hood, World Literature Today

"These works synthesize the achievements of Latin American literary studies and criticism over the past decades and provide fertile soil for future work in the field. They thus represent a sucessful attempt to move the discipline forward." Latin American Research Review

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Table of Contents

List of contributors; General preface; Acknowledgments; Introduction to Volume 1; 1. A brief history of the history of Spanish American literature Roberto González Echevarría; 2. Cultures in contact: Mesoamerica, the Andes, and the European written tradition Rolena Adorno; 3. The first fifty years of Hispanic New World historiography: the Caribbean, Mexico, and Central America Stephanie Merrim; 4. Historians of the conquest and colonisation of the New World: 1550–1620 Kathleen Ross; 5. Historians of the colonial period: 1620–1700 David H. Bost; 6. Colonial lyric; 7. Epic poetry Margareta Pena; 8. Spanish American theatre of the colonial period Roberto González Echevarría; 9. Viceregal culture Asunción Lavrin; 10. The eighteenth century: narrative forms, scholarship, and learning Karen Stolley; 11. Lyric poetry of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries Andrew Bush; 12. Spanish American theatre of the eighteenth century Frederick Luciani; 13. The nineteenth-century Spanish American novel Antonio Benítez Rojo; 14. The brief narrative in Spanish America: 1835–1915 Enrique Pupo-Walker; 15. The Spanish American theatre of the nineteenth century Frank Dauster; 16. The essay in Spanish South America: 1800 to Modernismo Nicolas Shumway; 17. The essay of nineteenth-century Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean Martin S. Stabb; 18. The gaucho genre Josefina Lúdmer; Index.
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