Myth and Archive: A Theory of Latin American Narrative

Myth and Archive: A Theory of Latin American Narrative

by Roberto Gonzalez Echevarria
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Cambridge University Press

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Myth and Archive: A Theory of Latin American Narrative

Myth and Archive offers a new theory about the origin and evolution of the Latin American narrative, and about the emergence of the modern novel. Instead of following the traditional categories set up by literary history, Professor González Echevarría explores the relationship of the narrative to the language of authority: the law in the colonial period, science in the nineteenth century, and anthropology in the twentieth century. The book contains readings of major works in the tradition such as Garcilaso el Inca's Comentarios reales, Sarmiento's Facundo, Carpentier's Los pasos perdidos, and García Marquez's Cien años de soledad.

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ISBN-13: 9780521306829
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 11/01/1990
Series: Cambridge Studies in Latin American and Iberian Literature Series , #3
Pages: 260
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.75(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements; Preface; 1. A clearing in the jungle: from Santa Monica to Macondo; 2. The law of the letter: Garcilaso's Comentarios; 3. A lost world re-discovered: Sarmiento's Facundo and E. da Cunha's Os Sertoes; 4. The novel as myth and archive: ruins and relics of TIön; Notes; Bibliography; Index.

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