Post-Boom in Spanish American Fiction

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What happened in Spanish American fiction after the Boom? Can we define the Post-Boom? What are its characteristics? How does it relate to the Boom itself? Is Post-Boom the same as Postmodernism or something quite different? Shaw traces the emergence of a different kind of writing which began to displace the Boom in the mid-1970s and has flourished ever since. More reader-friendly, more concerned with the here and now of Latin America, the writers of the Post-Boom have explored new areas of Spanish American life and incorporated characters from new social groups, especially young working-class and lower middle-class figures with their distinctive "pop" culture and freewheeling life-style. Shaw suggests that, while some Boom writers have moved toward the Post-Boom, Post-Boom narrative is distinctively different from that of the older movement and cannot be readily assimilated into Postmodernism.
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Including chapters on Isabel Allende, Antonio Sk<'a>rmeta, Luisa Valenzuela, Rosario Ferr<'e>, and Gustavo Sainz, Shaw (Spanish-American literature, U. of Virginia) traces the characteristics of Spanish-American literature that have emerged since the mid-1970s. The Post-Boom's return to greater simplicity and centeredness of plot is examined in relation to the problem of the radical critique of realism by literary (post)modernists. The author argues that postmodernism lacks a normative project, and that that project is exactly what Post-Boom literature is seeking to provide. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Table of Contents

Part 1
The Post-Boom

Chapter 1
The Post-Boom

Chapter 2
The Transition

Part 2
Some Post-Boom Novelists

Chapter 3
Isabel Allende

Chapter 4
Antonio Skármeta

Chapter 5
Luisa Valenzuela

Chapter 6
Rosario Ferré

Chapter 7
Gustavo Sainz

Chapter 8
Conclusion: Post-Boom and Postmodernism

Notes

Bibliography

Index

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