Twentieth-Century Spanish American Novel

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Spanish American novels of the Boom period (1962-1967) attracted a world readership to Latin American literature, but Latin American writers had already been engaging in the modernist experiments of their North American and European counterparts since the turn of the twentieth century. Indeed, the desire to be "modern" is a constant preoccupation in twentieth-century Spanish American literature and thus a very useful lens through which to view the century's novels.

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Overview

Spanish American novels of the Boom period (1962-1967) attracted a world readership to Latin American literature, but Latin American writers had already been engaging in the modernist experiments of their North American and European counterparts since the turn of the twentieth century. Indeed, the desire to be "modern" is a constant preoccupation in twentieth-century Spanish American literature and thus a very useful lens through which to view the century's novels.

In this pathfinding study, Raymond L. Williams offers the first complete analytical and critical overview of the Spanish American novel throughout the entire twentieth century. Using the desire to be modern as his organizing principle, he divides the century's novels into five periods and discusses the differing forms that "the modern" took in each era. For each period, Williams begins with a broad overview of many novels, literary contexts, and some cultural debates, followed by new readings of both canonical and significant non-canonical novels. A special feature of this book is its emphasis on women writers and other previously ignored and/or marginalized authors, including experimental and gay writers. Williams also clarifies the legacy of the Boom, the Postboom, and the Postmodern as he introduces new writers and new novelistic trends of the 1990s.

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Editorial Reviews

Arizona Journal of Hispanic Cultural Studies - Matt Smith
This book would be of great value to any scholar in the area of Latin American literature. It is an exhaustive overview of the major works of the twentieth century, an dit also provides severeal more in-depth analyses of major works.
Virginia Quarterly Review
A truly comprehensive overview of the Spanish American novel from 1900 to 1999.
Arizona Journal of Hispanic Cultural Studies
This book would be of great value to any scholar in the area of Latin American literature. It is an exhaustive overview of the major works of the twentieth century, an dit also provides severeal more in-depth analyses of major works.
— Matt Smith
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780292706705
  • Publisher: University of Texas Press
  • Publication date: 12/16/2004
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 284
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.64 (d)

Meet the Author

Raymond Leslie Williams is Professor of Latin American Literature at the University of California, Riverside. His previous publications include The Writings of Carlos Fuentes, The Postmodern Novel in Latin America, and The Colombian Novel, 1844–1987.
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Table of Contents

Preface

Part I
The Literary Tradition and Modern Science, 1900-1921
Chapter 1. Novelistic and Cultural Contexts at the Turn of the Century
Chapter 2. Rereading Spanish American Classics

Part II
Traditional and Modernist Aesthetics, 1922-1940
Chapter 3. Novelistic and Cultural Contexts in the 1920s and 1930s
Chapter 4. Rereading Spanish American Criollista Classics
Chapter 5. Rereading Novels of Vanguardia

Part III
The Rise of the Modernist Novel, 1941-1961
Chapter 6. Novelistic and Cultural Contexts of Latin American Modernism
Chapter 7. Rereading Spanish American Modernist Novels

Part IV
Modern and Cosmopolitan Works, 1962-1967
Chapter 8. Novels and Contexts of the Boom and Beyond
Chapter 9. Rereading Novels of the Boom
Chapter 10. Rereading the Spanish American Novel beyond the Boom

Part V
Toward a Postboom, Feminist, and Postmodern Novel, 1968-1999
Chapter 11. Novelistic and Cultural Contexts in the 1970s and 1980s
Chapter 12. Rereading the Spanish American Novel of the 1970s and 1980s
Chapter 13. Modern, Postmodern, and Transnational: The Latin American Novel in the 1990s

Notes
Bibliography

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