Postmodernism's Role in Latin American Literature: The Life and Work of Augusto Roa Bastos

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Augusto Roa Bastos (1917-2005), winner of the prestigious Cervantes prize, is one of the most important Latin American writers of the twentieth century. This commemorative collection consists of articles by nine scholars reflecting upon the postmodern nature of the Paraguayan author’s literary production and his place in world literature. The volume includes articles on the author’s screenplays, his masterpiece, the dictator novel  I The Supreme, his short stories, feminist approaches to Roa Bastos’s novels,...

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Overview

Augusto Roa Bastos (1917-2005), winner of the prestigious Cervantes prize, is one of the most important Latin American writers of the twentieth century. This commemorative collection consists of articles by nine scholars reflecting upon the postmodern nature of the Paraguayan author’s literary production and his place in world literature. The volume includes articles on the author’s screenplays, his masterpiece, the dictator novel  I The Supreme, his short stories, feminist approaches to Roa Bastos’s novels, reflections on the writer’s Guarani poetry, and  a study of the complex, intertextual relationships between his novel El fiscal and his other texts.

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Editorial Reviews

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“The essays that follow Weldt-Basson’s excellent analytical presentation address the postmodern project that emerges out of Roa Bastos’ novels, short stories, and film scripts.  As we move from one analysis to the other, we’ll find, as we do when we enter Roa Bastos’ monumental novel Yo el Supremo (I, the Supreme), an exploration of the recesses of orality and writing, of literary devices and the complex and intricate relations between history and fiction as we are granted access to the meandering of absolute power.”—Saúl Sosnowski, University of Maryland, College Park

“Weldt-Basson's Postmodernism's Role in Latin American Literature consists of essays that engage, from various critical perspectives, not only Roa Bastos’ most famous novels and stories, but also much of the Paraguayan author's work that has received less critical attention.  Its contributions are intelligent, well written, and thoroughly documented—theoretically sophisticated enough to be of interest and use to Roa Bastos scholars while contextualized and presented in such a manner as to be accessible to advanced students.”— Brent Carbajal, Western Washington University

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780230617667
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 6/15/2010
  • Pages: 254
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Helene Carol Weldt-Basson is Associate Professor of Spanish at Michigan State University. She is the author of Augusto Roa Bastos’s I The Supreme: A Dialogic Perspective; Subversive Silences: Nonverbal Expression and Implicit Narrative Strategies in the Works of Latin American Women Writers, and numerous articles on twentieth and twenty-first century Latin American literature.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

1 The Life and Works of Augusto Roa Bastos Helene Carol Weldt-Basson 1

2 Poetry's Expository Function in Contexts of Linguistic Inequality: The Guarani Verse of Augusto Roa Bastos Tracy K. Lewis 25

3 Augusto Roa Bastos and Argentine Film David William Foster 35

4 Postmodernism and Its Signs in "Juegos nocturnos" by Augusto Roa Bastos Fernando Burgos 51

5 Rhizomatic Writing in Augusto Roa Bastos's Short Stories Fátima R. Nogueira 81

6 Gender and the State in Hijo de hombre: Transgression and Integration Katie MacLean 113

7 Verba Volant, Scripta Manent: Orality and Literacy in I the Supreme Gustavo Verdesio 129

8 Tyranny and Foundation: Appropriations of the Hero and Rereadings of the Nation in Augusto Roa Bastos and Jean-Claude Fignolé Javier Uriarte 153

9 Rewriting in Roa Bastos's Late Fiction: "El ojo de la luna," El fiscal, and Los conjurados del Quilombo del Gran Chaco Jorge Carlos Guerrero 189

10 All Women Are Whores: Prostitution, Female Archetypes, and Feminism in the Works of Augusto Roa Bastos Helene Carol Weldt-Basson 211

Contributors 235

Index 239

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