The Postmodern Novel in Latin America: Politics, Culture, and the Crisis of Truth

The Postmodern Novel in Latin America: Politics, Culture, and the Crisis of Truth

by Raymond Leslie Williams
     
 

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Focusing on fiction from the 1970s to the present, Williams discusses the new generation of postmodern writers, which includes the Cuban Severo Sarduy, the Argentine Ricardo Piglia, the Chilean Diamela Eltit, the Puerto Rican Luis Rafael Sanchez, the Mexicans Jose Emilio Pacheco and Carmen Boullosa, the Colombians Albalucia Angel and R. H. Moreno-Duran, and the… See more details below

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Focusing on fiction from the 1970s to the present, Williams discusses the new generation of postmodern writers, which includes the Cuban Severo Sarduy, the Argentine Ricardo Piglia, the Chilean Diamela Eltit, the Puerto Rican Luis Rafael Sanchez, the Mexicans Jose Emilio Pacheco and Carmen Boullosa, the Colombians Albalucia Angel and R. H. Moreno-Duran, and the Ecuadorian Jorge Enrique Adoum, as well as many others. With topics of discussion ranging from political agendas, subversion, and parody to truth claims, marginalism, and the testimonio, Williams' argument not only supports postmodernism as a legitimate movement, but he also extends its authority from the North Atlantic region to the Caribbean, Mexico, and the Southern Cone.

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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)

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ISBN-13:
9780312164584
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
Publication date:
12/28/1996
Pages:
160
Product dimensions:
5.48(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.47(d)

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