The Usable Past: The Imagination of History in Recent Fiction of the Americasby Lois Parkinson Zamora
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 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.
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Table of ContentsPreface; 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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