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The Social Conscience of Latin American Writing
     

The Social Conscience of Latin American Writing

by Naomi Lindstrom
 

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Literature in Latin America has long been a vehicle for debates over the interpretation of social history, cultural identity, and artistic independence. Indeed, Latin American literature has gained international respect for its ability to present social criticism through works of imaginative creation.

In this comprehensive, up-to-the-minute survey of research and

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Literature in Latin America has long been a vehicle for debates over the interpretation of social history, cultural identity, and artistic independence. Indeed, Latin American literature has gained international respect for its ability to present social criticism through works of imaginative creation.

In this comprehensive, up-to-the-minute survey of research and opinion by leading Latin American cultural and literary critics, Naomi Lindstrom examines five concepts that are currently the focus of intense debate among Latin American writers and thinkers. Writing in simple, clear terms for both general and specialist readers of Latin American literature, she explores the concepts of autonomy and dependency, postmodernism, literary intellectuals and the mass media, testimonial literature, and gender issues, including gay and lesbian themes. Excerpts (in English) from relevant literary works illustrate each concept, while Lindstrom also traces its passage from the social sciences to literature.

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Booknews
Presents and discusses five concepts useful in approaching Latin American writing, for readers interested in Latin America as a region rather than those wishing to specialize in technical aspects of literary criticism. Each chapter presents one concept and examines the transformations the concept has undergone to apply to literature from Latin America. Subjects include autonomy and dependency, testimonial narrative, postmodernism, literary intellectuals and mass media, and women's writing and gender issues. Paper edition (74699-7), $12.95. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780292746985
Publisher:
University of Texas Press
Publication date:
04/03/1998
Series:
Texas Pan American Series
Pages:
199
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

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John S. Brushwood
On one level, this is a brilliant scholarly answer to the bedeviling question asked by non-Latin Americanists, 'What is Latin American literature like?' On another level, it coordinates and clarifies, for specialists, the complex of current issues that are often confusing and even discouraging because they are incompletely understood..

Meet the Author

Naomi Lindstrom is Professor of Spanish and Portuguese at the University of Texas at Austin and is affiliated with the Program in Comparative Literature.

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