The Miraculous Lie

The Miraculous Lie : Lope De Aguirre and the Search for El Dorado in the Latin American Historical Novel

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A fascinating study of five twentieth-century Latin American novels that focus on one particular search for El Dorado: the infamous 1559 expedition, headed by Pedro Ursua and the first legendary colonial rebel against the crown, Lope de Aguirre. Author Bart Lewis approaches these five works as both representations of Latin American literature during the mid to late twentieth-century and as re-examinations of the notorious figure of Lope de Aguirre.
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  • Hardback | 196 pages
  • 152.4 x 231.14 x 20.32mm | 362.87g
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • New
  • 0739104659
  • 9780739104651

Table of contents

Chapter 1 A Personal Introduction Chapter 2 Lope de Aguirre in Latin American Culture: Historical Figure and Literary Character Chapter 3 Why Spaniards Dreamed: The Golden Legend and Colonial Searches for El Dorado Chapter 4 The Ursua/Aguirre Expedition as Written Historical Record: Fact that Will Become Fiction Chapter 5 Birth of a Caudillo: Uslar Pietri's El camino de El Dorado Chapter 6 Limited Immortality: Aguirre Stalks History in Posse's Daimon Chapter 7 Characterization as Historical Progression in Otero Silva's Lope de Aguirre, Principe de la Libertad Chapter 8 Aguirre's Dialogue with History in Jorge Ernesto Funes' Una lanza por Lope de Aguirre Chapter 9 A (His)Story that Will Live Forever: The Supremacy of Fiction in Alvarez Saenz' Cronica de Blasfemos Chapter 10 The Eternal Pilgrim: Lope de Aguirre in the Latin American Novel and Beyond
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About Bart L. Lewis

Bart L. Lewis is an Associate Professor of Modern Languages at the University of Texas-Arlington. His more than than thirty articles on Latin American literature have appeared in such journals as Hispanic Review, Hispanofila, Hispanic Journal, Revista Interamericana de Bibliografia, Revista Iberoamericana, Hispania, Romance Notes, and Chasqui. In 1997 he was named the Carnegie Foundation Arkansas Professor of the Year.
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