The Novels and Plays of Eduardo Manet: An Adventure in Multiculturalism

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Despite Eduardo Manet's impressive accomplishments extending over half a century, this extraordinarily talented Cuban-French author remains relatively unknown in the United States. Phyllis Zatlin's book is the first to examine the multifaceted career of this dynamic bilingual writer. Playwright and novelist, theater and film director, Eduardo Manet (b. 1930) has been a major participant in the cultural worlds of both Cuba and France. His works have been internationally acclaimed: he has been nominated for the ...
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Overview

Despite Eduardo Manet's impressive accomplishments extending over half a century, this extraordinarily talented Cuban-French author remains relatively unknown in the United States. Phyllis Zatlin's book is the first to examine the multifaceted career of this dynamic bilingual writer. Playwright and novelist, theater and film director, Eduardo Manet (b. 1930) has been a major participant in the cultural worlds of both Cuba and France. His works have been internationally acclaimed: he has been nominated for the Prix Goncourt and was awarded a special Goncourt youth prize, and his novels and plays have been translated into twenty-one languages. Manet's work, however, has often been overlooked by both French and Spanish-American critics because of his unique position as a Latin American writing in French. Zatlin sets out to correct this oversight by offering a detailed analysis of Manet's many genres and themes. She begins with his work in Cuba, from his youthful poetry and plays to the films he directed in Revolutionary Cuba. She then examines his seven full-length novels, all written in French but typically reflective of Cuban experience. Finally, Zatlin concludes her study by considering Manet's early plays of entrapment and enclosure and his later theater, defined by its metatheatrical and multicultural themes.Through the lenses of multiculturalism, postmodernism, metatheater, and farce, Zatlin provides a perceptive and comprehensive examination of this significant yet neglected figure. Zatlin's book will do the important work of introducing Manet to a North American audience.
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Because he is the odd fish of a Latin American writing in French, says Zatlin Spanish, Rutgers U., Cuban playwright, novelist, and theater and film director Manet b. 1930 has been overlooked by critics in both languages. She analyzes his many genres and themes, beginning with his youthful poetry and plays in revolutionary Cuba, and continuing to his seven novels and later theatre defined by its metatheatrical and multicultural themes. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR booknews.com
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780271028286
  • Publisher: Penn State University Press
  • Publication date: 6/1/2009
  • Series: Studies in Romance Literatures
  • Pages: 264
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Phyllis Zatlin is Professor of Spanish at Rutgers University. Her previous books include Cross-Cultural Approaches to Theatre: The Spanish-French Connection (994), Jaime Salom (1982), VĂ­ctor Ruiz Iriarte (1980), and Elena Quiroga (1977).

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Table of Contents

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Preface
1 The Cuban Years 1
2 Novels or Movie Scripts? 33
3 The Major Novels: French Words with a Cuban Beat 43
4 Theater in Exile: Plays of Entrapment and Enclosure 75
5 A Postmodern Breaking Out: Experiments in Historiographic Metatheater 115
6 Variations on Multicultural Metatheatricalism 147
7 Continued Experimentation 197
Conclusion 219
Selected Bibliography 223
Index 235
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