Anti-Literature: The Politics and Limits of Representation in Modern Brazil and Argentina

Anti-Literature: The Politics and Limits of Representation in Modern Brazil and Argentina

by Adam Joseph Shellhorse


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Anti-Literature articulates a rethinking of what is meant today by “literature.” Examining key Latin American forms of experimental writing from the 1920s to the present, Adam Joseph Shellhorse reveals literature’s power as a site for radical reflection and reaction to contemporary political and cultural conditions. His analysis engages the work of writers such as Clarice Lispector, Oswald de Andrade, the Brazilian concrete poets, Osman Lins, and David Viñas, to develop a theory of anti-literature that posits the feminine, multimedial, and subaltern as central to the undoing of what is meant by “literature.”

By placing Brazilian and Argentine anti-literature at the crux of a new way of thinking about the field, Shellhorse challenges prevailing discussions about the historical projection and critical force of Latin American literature. Examining a diverse array of texts and media that include the visual arts, concrete poetry, film scripts, pop culture, neo-baroque narrative, and others that defy genre, Shellhorse delineates the subversive potential of anti-literary modes of writing while also engaging current debates in Latin American studies on subalternity, feminine writing, posthegemony, concretism, affect, marranismo, and the politics of aesthetics.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780822964476
Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Press
Publication date: 05/19/2017
Series: Pitt Illuminations Series
Edition description: 1
Pages: 264
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Adam Joseph Shellhorse is assistant professor of Spanish and Portuguese at Temple University.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xi

Introduction: Anti-Literature 3

1 Figurations of Immanence: Writing the Subaltern and the Feminine in Clarice Inspector 17

2 The Letter's Limit: Anti-Literature and Politics in David Viñas 44

3 Subversions of the Sensible: The Poetics of Antropofagia in Brazilian Concrete Poetry 70

4 The Untimely Matter of Anti-Literature: The Politics of Representation in Haroldo de Campos's Galáxias (1963-1976) 96

5 The Antinomies of Anti-Literature: The Politics of the Baroque in Haroldo de Campos and Osman Lins 119

6 Writing Subaltern Redemption and Insurgency: Haroldo de Campos's "The Left-Winged Angel of History" 163

Conclusion: The Untimely Secret of Anti-Literature 192

Notes 199

Works Cited 229

Index 251

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