Gabriel García Márquez: New Readings

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This volume of essays constitutes a critical reappraisal of a front-rank world author, Gabriel García Márquez, who was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1983. Apart from extending critical appreciation of his work to an English-reading public, its principal objective is to reflect the breadth and variety of critical approaches to literature applied to a single corpus of writing; here, the major novels (including Love in the Times of Cholera, 1986) and a selection of his short fiction are considered. The ...

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Overview

This volume of essays constitutes a critical reappraisal of a front-rank world author, Gabriel García Márquez, who was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1983. Apart from extending critical appreciation of his work to an English-reading public, its principal objective is to reflect the breadth and variety of critical approaches to literature applied to a single corpus of writing; here, the major novels (including Love in the Times of Cholera, 1986) and a selection of his short fiction are considered. The aim of this collection, given these dual objectives, is to extend knowledge of the work of García Márquez and introduce to both the general reader and to students of literature a plurality of current critical approaches to his rich variety of fictional techniques. The volume also includes a bibliography of criticism available in English and an English translation of the author's Stockholm Nobel acceptance address.

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Introduction Bernard McGuirk; 1. Characterisation in the early fiction of Gabriel García Márquez Richard Cardwell; 2. Beware of gift-bearing tales: reading 'Baltazar's Prodigious Afternoon' according to Marcel Mauss Eduardo González; 3. The body as political instrument: communication in No One Writes to the Colonel René Prieto; 4. Magical realism and the theme of incest in One Hundred Years of Solitude Edwin Williamson; 5. Translation and geneaology: One Hundred Years of Solitude Anibal González; 6. The humour of One Hundred Years Solitude Clive Griffin; 7. On 'magical' and social realism in García Márquez Gerald Martin; 8. Aspects of narrative structure in The Incredible and Sad Story of the Innocent Erendira and her Heartless Grandmother Mark Millington; 9. Language and power in The Autumn of the Patriarch Jo Labanyi; 10. Writing and ritual in Chronicle of a Death Foretold Bernard McGuirk; 12. A prospective post-script: apropos of Love in the Times of Cholera Robin Fiddian; The solitude of Latin America: Nobel address, 1982, Gabriel García Márquez translated by Richard Cardwell; Select bibliography John Wainwright; Index Richard Cardwell.

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