Poetics of Change: The New Spanish-American Narrative

Poetics of Change: The New Spanish-American Narrative

by Julio Ortega, Galen D. Greaser
     
 

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Too often literary criticism is academic exercise rather than creative act. For the multifaceted Julio Ortega—respected poet, dramatist, and novelist in his own right—the act of criticism becomes profoundly creative, his incisive readings of the text far transcending the pedantry that may falsely pass for imagination, intelligence, and rigor. Nearly every… See more details below

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Too often literary criticism is academic exercise rather than creative act. For the multifaceted Julio Ortega—respected poet, dramatist, and novelist in his own right—the act of criticism becomes profoundly creative, his incisive readings of the text far transcending the pedantry that may falsely pass for imagination, intelligence, and rigor. Nearly every Spanish-American writer of consequence, from Paz to Fuentes, Cortázar to Lezama Lima, has extolled Ortega’s criticism as not merely a reflection but an essential part of the renaissance that took place in Spanish-American letters during the late twentieth century. Poetics of Change brings together Ortega’s most penetrating and insightful analyses of the fiction of Borges, Fuentes, García Márquez, Carpentier, Rulfo, Cabrera Infante, and others responsible for great writing from Spanish America. Ortega concerns himself most with the semantic innovations of these masters of the modern narrative and their play with form, language, and the traditional boundaries of genre. Mapping their creative territory, he finds that the poetics of Spanish-American writing is that of a dynamically changing genre that has set exploration at its very heart.

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Ortega offers a work of superb scholarship, an original and sensitive book indispensable for understanding the contemporary Spanish American novel.

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ISBN-13:
9780292754966
Publisher:
University of Texas Press
Publication date:
08/26/2013
Series:
Texas Pan American Series
Sold by:
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Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
1 MB

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Julio Cortázar
Thanks to Julio Ortega, I think many writers will discover, as I have, diverse perspectives and unexpected aspects of their own works about which the creator is ignorant—luckily, I think—at the time he writes, but which are an essential part of his work. Ortega has surprised me many times with his analyses of my writing; these surprises are good and necessary, and for them I thank him.

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