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Love and Politics in the Contemporary Spanish American Novel
     

Love and Politics in the Contemporary Spanish American Novel

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by Aníbal González
 

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The Latin American Literary Boom was marked by complex novels steeped in magical realism and questions of nationalism, often with themes of surreal violence. In recent years, however, those revolutionary projects of the sixties and seventies have given way to quite a different narrative vision and ideology. Dubbed the new sentimentalism, this trend is now keenly

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The Latin American Literary Boom was marked by complex novels steeped in magical realism and questions of nationalism, often with themes of surreal violence. In recent years, however, those revolutionary projects of the sixties and seventies have given way to quite a different narrative vision and ideology. Dubbed the new sentimentalism, this trend is now keenly elucidated in Love and Politics in the Contemporary Spanish American Novel.

Offering a rich account of the rise of this new mode, as well as its political and cultural implications, Aníbal González delivers a close reading of novels by Miguel Barnet, Elena Poniatowska, Isabel Allende, Alfredo Bryce Echenique, Gabriel García Márquez, Antonio Skármeta, Luis Rafael Sánchez, and others. González proposes that new sentimental novels are inspired principally by a desire to heal the division, rancor, and fear produced by decades of social and political upheaval. Valuing pop culture above the avant-garde, such works also tend to celebrate agape—the love of one's neighbor—while denouncing the negative effects of passion (eros). Illuminating these and other aspects of post-Boom prose, Love and Politics in the Contemporary Spanish American Novel takes a fresh look at contemporary works.

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ISBN-13:
9780292721319
Publisher:
University of Texas Press
Publication date:
02/01/2010
Pages:
189
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.60(h) x 0.70(d)

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César A. Salgado
A masterly, path-breaking discussion of an important trend, concentrating on an intelligent and pertinent selection of texts.

Meet the Author

ANÍBAL GONZÁLEZ is Professor of Modern Latin American Literature at Yale University and is the author of five books of criticism. He also serves on the editorial boards of numerous scholarly journals, including Latin American Literary Review. He lives in Hamden, Connecticut.

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