Do the Americas Have a Common Literature?

Do the Americas Have a Common Literature?

by Gustavo Pérez Firmat
     
 


This volume takes an important step toward the discovery of a common critical heritage that joins the diverse literatures of North America and Latin America. Traditionally, literary criticism has treated the literature of the Americas as “New World” literature, examining it in relation to its “Old World”—usually… See more details below

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This volume takes an important step toward the discovery of a common critical heritage that joins the diverse literatures of North America and Latin America. Traditionally, literary criticism has treated the literature of the Americas as “New World” literature, examining it in relation to its “Old World”—usually European—counterparts. This collection of essays redirects the Eurocentric focus of earlier scholarship and identifies a distinctive pan-American consciousness.
The essays here place the literature of the Americas in a hemispheric context by drawing on approaches derived from various schools of contemporary critical thought—Marxism, feminism, culture studies, semiotics, reception aesthetics, and poststructuralism. As part of their search for a distinctly New World literary idiom, the contributors engage not only the major North American and Spanish American writers, but also such “marginal” or “minor” literatures as Chicano, African American, Brazilian, and Québecois. In identifying areas of agreement and confluence, this work lays the groundwork for finding historical, ideological, and cultural homogeneity in the imaginative writing of the Americas.

Contributors. Lois Parkinson Zamora, David T. Haberly, José David Saldívar, Antonio Benítez-Rojo, José Piedra, Doris Sommer, Enrico Mario Santí, Eduardo González, John Irwin, Wendy B. Faris, René Prieto, Jonathan Monroe, Gustavo Pérez Firmat

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780822310723
Publisher:
Duke University Press Books
Publication date:
10/28/1990
Series:
Literary Criticism/American Studies/Latin American Studies
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
394
Product dimensions:
5.91(w) x 9.01(h) x 1.16(d)

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Table of Contents

Contents

Acknowledgments,
Introduction: Cheek to Cheek,
The Usable Past: The Idea of History in Modern U.S. and Latin American Fiction,
Form and Function in the New World Legend,
The Dialectics of Our America,
The Repeating Island,
Through Blues,
Plagiarized Authenticity: Sarmiento's Cooper and Others,
The Accidental Tourist: Walt Whitman in Latin America,
American Theriomorphia: The Presence of Mulatez in Cirilo Villaverde and Beyond,
Mysteries We Reread, Mysteries of Rereading: Poe, Borges, and the Analytic Detective Story; Also Lacan, Derrida, and Johnson,
Marking Space, Charting Time: Text and Territory in Faulkner's "The Bear" and Carpentier's Los pasos perdidos,
In-Fringe: The Role of French Criticism in the Fiction of Nicole Brossard and Severo Sarduy,
Mischling and Métis: Common and Uncommon Languages in Adrienne Rich and Aimé Césaire,
The Strut of the Centipede: José Lezama Lima and New World Exceptionalism,
Notes,
Index,
Contributors,

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