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The Postmodern Novel in Latin America
     

The Postmodern Novel in Latin America

by Raymond L. Williams
 

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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

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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.

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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)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780312120818
Publisher:
Palgrave Macmillan US
Publication date:
08/01/1995
Edition description:
1995
Pages:
160
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.02(d)

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