Reclaiming the Author: Figures and Fictions from Spanish America

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The recent fiction of Spanish America has been widely acclaimed for its experimental and revolutionary qualities. In Reclaiming the Author, Lucille Kerr studies the sources of power of this newly emergent literature in her detailed examination of the critical concept of "the author." Kerr considers how Spanish American narratives raise questions about authorial identity and activity through the different figures of the author they propose. These author-figures, she maintains, both complement and contradict ...

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Overview

The recent fiction of Spanish America has been widely acclaimed for its experimental and revolutionary qualities. In Reclaiming the Author, Lucille Kerr studies the sources of power of this newly emergent literature in her detailed examination of the critical concept of "the author." Kerr considers how Spanish American narratives raise questions about authorial identity and activity through the different figures of the author they propose. These author-figures, she maintains, both complement and contradict notions of authority that exist outside of the world of fiction.
By focusing on works by well-known Spanish American authors—Cortazar, Donoso, Fuentes, Poniatowska, Puig, and Vargas Llosa—Kerr shows how the Spanish Americans have formed a radical poetics of the author. Her readings demonstrate how exemplary Spanish American texts, such as Rayuela, Terra nostra, and El hablador, call into question the author as a unitary or uniform, and therefore unproblematical, figure. Individually and together, Kerr's readings reclaim "the author" as a complex critical concept encompassing diverse, conflicting, even competitive roles.
Scholars in contemporary literature and theory, in particular those involved with Spanish American literature, will find Reclaiming the Author an original and compelling book.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780822312277
  • Publisher: Duke University Press
  • Publication date: 4/28/1992
  • Pages: 228
  • Lexile: 1620L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.38 (w) x 9.38 (h) x 1.00 (d)

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Lucille Kerr is Chair of the Department of Hispanic Studies at Northwestern University.

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Table of Contents

Preface
1 Situating the Author: Notions Old and New 1
2 In the Name of the Author: Reading Around Julio Cortazar's Rayuela 26
3 Gestures of Authorship: Lying to Tell the Truth in Elena Poniatowska's Hasta no verte Jesus mio 46
4 On Shifting Ground: Authoring Mystery and Mastery in Carlos Fuentes's Terra nostra 65
5 The Dis-Appearance of a Popular Author: Stealing Around Style with Manuel Puig's Pubis angelical 89
6 Writing Disguises: Turning Around the Author with Jose Donoso's El jardin de al lado 111
7 Facing the Author: Telling Stories in Mario Vargas Llosa's El hablador 134
Afterword 160
Notes 171
Bibliography 211
Index 223
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