The Postmodern Novel In Latin America

Overview

Recent Latin American cultural and political magazines have noted the trend of postmodernity in the literature of the region, with a range of responses. Some critics consider it a foreign importation and sign of cultural imperialism. Others feel that postmodernism reflects a culture of mass media manipulated by the dominating classes. But the debate has been particularly headed by a new group of young writers who consider themselves postmodern and politically progressive: Severo Sarduy of Cuba, Diamela Eltit of ...

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Overview

Recent Latin American cultural and political magazines have noted the trend of postmodernity in the literature of the region, with a range of responses. Some critics consider it a foreign importation and sign of cultural imperialism. Others feel that postmodernism reflects a culture of mass media manipulated by the dominating classes. But the debate has been particularly headed by a new group of young writers who consider themselves postmodern and politically progressive: Severo Sarduy of Cuba, Diamela Eltit of Chile, and R.H. Moreno-Duran of Colombia, among others. By examining a group of the most representative innovative writers active today, Williams argues that the postmodern novel in Latin America is as political and valuable as its more traditional and modern predecessors.

This book examines the foremost postmodern Latin American writers of the past 25 years and places the current literary scene in its proper political and cultural context. Focusing on fiction from the 1970s to the present, Williams discusses the new generation of postmodern writers.

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Williams (Latin American literature, U. of Colorado-Boulder) introduces the major Latin American novelists of the past 25 years and places them in the current political and cultural climate as well as in the development of Latin American literature from the pioneer Borges of the 1940s and 1950s through the explosion in the 1960s of such writers as Marquez, Fuentes, and Llosa. He argues that the new work should be considered postmodern despite the continuity. Does not assume a knowledge of Spanish or Portuguese. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312120818
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 8/1/1995
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 176
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface - Introduction to the Spanish American Modern and Postmodern Novel - The Mexican Postmodern - The Caribbean Postmodern - The Andean Postmodern - The Southern Cone Postmodern - Feminist Postmodernities -Other Postmodernities - Conclusion

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