The Miraculous Lie: Lope De Aguirre and the Search for El Dorado in the Latin American Historical Novel

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The golden specter of El Dorado and its promises of unlimited wealth have haunted Western iconography for centuries. The Miraculous Lie: Lope de Aguirre and the Search for El Dorado in the Latin American Historical Novel is a fascinating study of five twentieth-century Latin American novels that focus on one particular search for El Dorado: the infamous 1559 expedition, headed by Pedro Ursua and the first legendary colonial rebel against the crown, Lope de Aguirre. Author Bart Lewis approaches five works—Arturo ...

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The golden specter of El Dorado and its promises of unlimited wealth have haunted Western iconography for centuries. The Miraculous Lie: Lope de Aguirre and the Search for El Dorado in the Latin American Historical Novel is a fascinating study of five twentieth-century Latin American novels that focus on one particular search for El Dorado: the infamous 1559 expedition, headed by Pedro Ursua and the first legendary colonial rebel against the crown, Lope de Aguirre. Author Bart Lewis approaches five works—Arturo Uslar Pietri's El Camino de El Dorado, Abel Posses's Daim-n, Miguel Otero Silva's Lope de Aquirre, Pr'ncipe de la Libertad, Jorge Ernesto Funes's Una Lanza por Lope de Aguirre, and FZlix _lvarez Sáenz's Cr-nica de Blasfemos—as representations of Latin American literature during the mid to late twentieth-century and as re-examinations of the notorious figure of Lope de Aguirre. Lewis is therefore able to provide not only a successful chronology of the stylistic development of the Latin American novel, but also a thoughtful analysis of how these novels appropriate Aguirre and give a revisionist and authentic voice to the Latin American cultural founder. Wonderfully engaging and beautifully written, The Miraculous Lie examines the search for El Dorado in modern Latin American literature as the search for self-determination.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780739107874
  • Publisher: Lexington Books
  • Publication date: 10/28/2003
  • Pages: 196
  • Product dimensions: 3.64 (w) x 9.02 (h) x 0.58 (d)

Meet the Author

Bart L. Lewis is an Associate Professor of Modern Languages at the University of Texas-Arlington. His more than than thirty articles on Latin American literature have appeared in such journals as Hispanic Review, Hispan-fila, Hispanic Journal, Revista Interamericana de Bibliografia, Revista Iberoamericana, Hispania, Romance Notes, and Chasqui. In 1997 he was named the Carnegie Foundation Arkansas Professor of the Year.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 A Personal Introduction Chapter 2 Lope de Aguirre in Latin American Culture: Historical Figure and Literary Character Chapter 3 Why Spaniards Dreamed: The Golden Legend and Colonial Searches for El Dorado Chapter 4 The Ursúa/Aguirre Expedition as Written Historical Record: Fact that Will Become Fiction Chapter 5 Birth of a Caudillo: Uslar Pietri's El camino de El Dorado Chapter 6 Limited Immortality: Aguirre Stalks History in Posse's Daimón Chapter 7 Characterization as Historical Progression in Otero Silva's Lope de Aguirre, Príncipe de la Libertad Chapter 8 Aguirre's Dialogue with History in Jorge Ernesto Funes' Una lanza por Lope de Aguirre Chapter 9 A (His)Story that Will Live Forever: The Supremacy of Fiction in Álvarez Sáenz' Crónica de Blasfemos Chapter 10 The Eternal Pilgrim: Lope de Aguirre in the Latin American Novel and Beyond

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