The Usable Past: The Imagination of History in Recent Fiction of the Americas

The Usable Past: The Imagination of History in Recent Fiction of the Americas

by Lois Parkinson Zamora
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0521058090

ISBN-13: 9780521058094

Pub. Date: 12/28/2007

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Concentrating on the past as both the subject of fiction and as a force of inscribing fiction, The Usable Past traces the ways in which writers self-consciously participate in the construction of an American canon. Successfully linking Latin American and North American fiction, Lois Zamora invokes authors as diverse in origin and manner as Carlos Fuentes and Willa

Overview

Concentrating on the past as both the subject of fiction and as a force of inscribing fiction, The Usable Past traces the ways in which writers self-consciously participate in the construction of an American canon. Successfully linking Latin American and North American fiction, Lois Zamora invokes authors as diverse in origin and manner as Carlos Fuentes and Willa Cather, Nathaniel Hawthorne and Mario Vargas-Llosa to explore issues surrounding colonization and independence, mestizaje and melting pot, domination and self-determination, and the ambivalence of history in a new world.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521058094
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
12/28/2007
Pages:
276
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Preface; Part I. Anxiety of Origins: 1. The Usable Past: History as Idea in the Americas; 2. For the record: novels, newspapers, narration; 3. Ancestral presences: magical romance/magical realism; Part II. Intertextuality and Tradition: 4. Synchronic structures, Mario Vargas Llosa, The Conversation in the Cathedral Julio Cortázar, 62: A Model Kit; 5. Fragmentary fictions; 6. Clichés and community; Comparative conclusions: Baroque new worlds.

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