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Modern Latin American Literature: A Very Short Introduction

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In the 1960s, Latin American literature became known worldwide as never before. Writers such as Jorge Luis Borges, Gabriel García Márquez, Mario Vargas Llosa, Carlos Fuentes, Pablo Neruda, Octavio Paz, and Mario Vargas Llosa all became part of the general culture of educated readers of English, French, German, and Italian. But few know about the literary tradition from which these writers emerged. Modern Latin American Literature: A Very Short Introduction remedies this situation, providing an overview of Latin ...

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Overview

In the 1960s, Latin American literature became known worldwide as never before. Writers such as Jorge Luis Borges, Gabriel García Márquez, Mario Vargas Llosa, Carlos Fuentes, Pablo Neruda, Octavio Paz, and Mario Vargas Llosa all became part of the general culture of educated readers of English, French, German, and Italian. But few know about the literary tradition from which these writers emerged. Modern Latin American Literature: A Very Short Introduction remedies this situation, providing an overview of Latin American literature from the late eighteenth century to the present. Roberto González Echevarría covers a wide range of topics, large and small, highlighting how Latin American literature became conscious of its continental scope and international reach in moments of political crisis, such as independence from Spain, the Spanish-American War, and the Mexican and Cuban revolutions. Within this narrative, the author discusses the major writers of Latin American literature, from Andrés Bello and José María Heredia through Borges and García Márquez to Fernando Vallejo and Roberto Bolaño.

About the Series: Combining authority with wit, accessibility, and style, Very Short Introductions offer an introduction to some of life's most interesting topics. Written by experts for the newcomer, they demonstrate the finest contemporary thinking about the central problems and issues in hundreds of key topics, from philosophy to Freud, quantum theory to Islam

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"Insightful and often eloquent, this is a superb introduction to major figures and trends in modern Latin American literature by the leading authority in the field."—Gustavo Pérez Firmat, David Feinson Professor in the Humanities, Columbia University
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199754915
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 1/24/2012
  • Series: Very Short Introductions Series
  • Pages: 152
  • Sales rank: 824,883
  • Product dimensions: 4.20 (w) x 6.70 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Roberto González Echevarría is the Sterling Professor of Hispanic and Comparative Literature at Yale University and the author of many books on Spanish, Latin American, and comparative literature. He was awarded the 2010 National Humanities Medal by the President of the United States.

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Table of Contents

Introduction
Chapter 1: Poetry from Romanticism to Modernismo: Bello to Darío
Chapter 2: Nineteenth-Century Prose: the Revelation of Latin America
Chapter 3: Poetry from Modernismo to Modernism
Chapter 4: Latin American Fiction in the Twentieth Century: Regionalism to Modernism
Chapter 5: Latin American Literature Today

References
Further Reading
Index

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