A Companion to Latin American Literature and Culture
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A Companion to Latin American Literature and Culture reflects the changes that have taken place in cultural theory and literary criticism since the latter part of the twentieth century. Written by more than thirty experts in cultural theory, literary history, and literary criticism, this authoritative and up-to-date reference places major authors in the complex cultural and historical contexts that have compelled their distinctive fiction, essays, and poetry. This text provides the historical background to help the reader understand the people and culture that have defined Latin American literature and its reception. Each chapter also includes short selected bibliographic guides and recommendations for further reading.
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  • Hardback | 712 pages
  • 189 x 259 x 45mm | 1,528g
  • Wiley-Blackwell (an imprint of John Wiley & Sons Ltd)
  • Chicester, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1405128062
  • 9781405128063

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A Companion to Latin American Literature and Culture reflects the changes that have taken place in cultural theory and literary criticism since the latter part of the twentieth century.

Written by more than thirty experts in cultural theory, literary history, and literary criticism, this authoritative and up-to-date reference places major authors in the complex cultural and historical contexts that have compelled their distinctive fiction, essays, and poetry. This allows the reader to more accurately interpret the esteemed but demanding literature of authors such as Jorge Luis Borges, Mario Vargas Llosa, Octavio Paz, and Diamela Eltit. Key authors whose work has defined a period, or defied borders, as in the cases of Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, César Vallejo, and Gabriel García Márquez, are also discussed in historical and theoretical context. Additional essays engage the reader with in-depth discussions of forms and genres, and discussions of architecture, music, and film.



This text provides the historical background to help the reader understand the people and culture that have defined Latin American literature and its reception. Each chapter also includes short selected bibliographic guides and recommendations for further reading.
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Table of contents

Notes on Contributors xi Editor's Acknowledgments xx Acknowledgments to Sources xxi Introduction 1 Sara Castro-Klaren Preamble: The Historical Foundation of Modernity/Coloniality and the Emergence of Decolonial Thinking 12 Walter D. Mignolo Part I Coloniality 33 1 Mapping the Pre-Columbian Americas: Indigenous Peoples of the Americas and Western Knowledge 35 Gustavo Verdesio 2 Writing Violence 49 Jose Rabasa 3 The Popol Wuj: The Repositioning and Survival of Mayan Culture 68 Carlos M. Lopez 4 The Colegio Imperial de Santa Cruz de Tlatelolco and Its Aftermath: Nahua Intellectuals and the Spiritual Conquest of Mexico 86 Rocio Cortes 5 Memory and "Writing" in the Andes 106 Sara Castro-Klaren 6 Writing the Andes 117 Sara Castro-Klaren 7 Court Culture, Ritual, Satire, and Music in Colonial Brazil and Spanish America 137 Lucia Helena Costigan 8 Violence in the Land of the Muisca: Juan Rodriguez Freile's El carnero 146 Alvaro Felix Bolanos 9 The Splendor of Baroque Visual Arts 161 Lisa DeLeonardis 10 History of a Phantom 182 Francisco A. Ortega 11 Colonial Religiosity: Nuns, Heretics, and Witches 197 Kathryn Joy McKnight Part II Transformations 211 12 The Tupac Amaru Rebellion: Anticolonialism and Protonationalism in Late Colonial Peru 213 Peter Elmore 13 The Caribbean in the Age of Enlightenment, 1788--1848 228 Franklin W. Knight 14 The Philosopher-Traveler: The Secularization of Knowledge in Spanish America and Brazil 247 Leila Gomez 15 The Haitian Revolution 262 Sibylle Fischer Part III The Emergence of National Communities in New Imperial Coordinates 277 16 The Gaucho and the Gauchesca 279 Abril Trigo 17 Andres Bello, Domingo Faustino Sarmiento, Manuel Gonzalez Prada, and Teresa de la Parra: Four Writers and Four Concepts of Nationhood 293 Nicolas Shumway 18 Reading National Subjects 309 Juan Poblete 19 For Love and Money: Of Potboilers and Precautions 333 Doris Sommer Part IV Uncertain Modernities 349 20 Shifting Hegemonies: The Cultural Politics of Empire 351 Fernando Degiovanni 21 Machado de Assis: The Meaning of Sardonic 369 Todd S. Garth 22 The Mexican Revolution and the Plastic Arts 379 Horacio Legras 23 Anthropology, Pedagogy, and the Various Modulations of Indigenismo: Amauta, Tamayo, Arguedas, Sabogal, Bonfi l Batalla 397 Javier Sanjines C. 24 Cultural Theory and the Avant-Gardes: Mariategui, Mario de Andrade, Oswald de Andrade, Pagu, Tarsila do Amaral, Cesar Vallejo 410 Fernando J. Rosenberg 25 Latin American Poetry 426 Stephen M. Hart 26 Literature between the Wars: Macedonio Fernandez, Jorge Luis Borges, and Felisberto Hernandez 442 Adriana J. Bergero, translated by Todd S. Garth 27 Narratives and Deep Histories: Freyre, Arguedas, Roa Bastos, Rulfo 461 Adriana Michele Campos Johnson 28 The "Boom" of Spanish-American Fiction and the 1960s Revolutions (1958--75) 478 Gerald Martin 29 Joao Guimaraes Rosa, Antonio Callado, Clarice Lispector, and the Brazilian Difference 495 Elizabeth A. Marchant 30 Feminist Insurrections: From Queiroz and Castellanos to Morejon, Poniatowska, Valenzuela, and Eltit 509 Adriana J. Bergero and Elizabeth A. Marchant 31 Caribbean Philosophy 531 Edouard Glissant Part V Global and Local Perspectives 551 32 Uncertain Modernities: Amerindian Epistemologies and the Reorienting of Culture 553 Elizabeth Monasterios P. 33 Testimonio, Subalternity, and Narrative Authority 571 John Beverley 34 Affectivity beyond "Bare Life": On the Non-Tragic Return of Violence in Latin American Film 584 Hermann Herlinghaus 35 Postmodern Theory and Cultural Criticism in Spanish America and Brazil 602 Ileana Rodriguez 36 Post-Utopian Imaginaries: Narrating Uncertainty 620 Silvia G. Kurlat Ares 37 Cultural Modalities and Cross-Cultural Connections: Rock across Class and Ethnic Identities 636 Gustavo Verdesio 38 Film, Indigenous Video, and the Lettered City's Visual Economy 647 Freya Schiwy Index 665
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"The work contains a wealth of information that must surely provide the basic material for a number of study modules. It should find a place on the library shelves of all institutions where Latin American studies form part of the curriculum." (Reference Review, November 2009) "In short, this is a fascinating panoply that goes from a reevaluation of pre-Columbian America to an intriguing consideration of recent developments in the debate on the modem and postmodern. Summing Up: Recommended." (CHOICE, February 2009)
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About Sara Castro-Klaren

Sara Castro-Klaren is Professor of Latin American Culture and Literature at The Johns Hopkins University. She has been the recipient of several teaching awards. Most recently the Foreign Service Institute conferred upon her the title of "Distinguished Visiting Lecturer" (1993). She was appointed to the Fulbright Board of Directors by President Clinton in 1999. Her publications include El mundo magico de Jose Maria Arguedas (1973), Understanding Mario Vargas Llosa (1990) and Escritura, Sujeto y transgresion en la Literature latinoamericana (1989), along with Latin American Women Writers (1991) edited with Sylvia Molloy and Beatriz Sarlo.
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