The Postmodern Storyteller

The Postmodern Storyteller : Donoso, Garcia Marquez, and Vargas Llosa

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The Postmodern Storyteller engages in close textual analysis of three key texts by Jose Donoso, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, and Mario Vargas Llosa, each of which has a first-person non-protagonist observer narrator. This study adds an innovative perspective to ongoing dialogues by contributing to the existing body of criticism of each text and to other topics in studies of narrative, such as the roles of narrator, author, and reader, narcissism, voyeurism, gender, exile, parody, rhetoric, and postmodern and cultural more

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  • Hardback | 164 pages
  • 154.94 x 231.14 x 17.78mm | 430.91g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • black & white tables
  • 0739169955
  • 9780739169957

Review quote

The book ... offers itself as a triptych: a chapter on Jose Donoso's El jardin de al lado; one on Garcia Marquez's Cronica de una muerte anunciada; and a third on Vargas Llosa's El hablador. The best of the three by a long shot is the one on Cronica de una muerte anunciada...The central significance of Reagan's book resides in its often fine analysis of parodic impulse in all three novels, and the way in which Self and Other intersect. Bulletin of Spanish Studies Patricia E. Reagan perceptively identifies a tendency in established Latin American authors after the Boom to use the first-person narrator in a new and challenging way. In her reading, the narrator, like a postmodern Narcissus, seeks out his reflection in order to overcome a sense of fragmented identity, and achieves a form of transcendence via the relationship with the Echo-like protagonist that he observes. This is quite a brilliant (as well as broad-minded) reading of Post-Boom Spanish American fiction, novels, allowing for a meaningful reconciliation between narrative uncertainty and the quest for identity-an unresolved tension that has always haunted criticism of the modern Latin American novel. This study represents a genuinely new refocusing of the role of narrator in established international Latin American authors after the Boom. -- Philip Swanson, University of Sheffield Patricia Reagan's lively and well-focused The Postmodern Storyteller is reflective in a number of senses. One has to do with the narcissism underlying the kind of storytelling that is at the heart of her thesis. Another is the thoughtfulness that informs the three essays at the core of her book, each a thoroughly researched analysis of a key novel. -- Peter Standish, professor emeritus of Hispanic studies, East Carolina University A cogent exploration of an important aspect of Boom narrative technique which contains new insights into selected novels by these three major Spanish American authors-this is a splendid first book by a new young critic. -- Donald L. Shaw, Brown Forman Professor of Spanish American Literature, University of Virginiashow more

About Patricia E. Reagan

Patricia E. Reagan is an assistant professor of Spanish at Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, VA. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Virginia in 2006. Her primary field of study is contemporary Latin American literature with secondary concentrations in nineteenth-century Latin American literature and contemporary Peninsular literature. Professor Reagan has published articles on Julio Cortazar's "El perseguidor" ("The Pursuer") and Juan Jose Millas' Dos mujeres en Praga (Two Women in Prague). She has contributed articles to forthcoming books including a piece on bachata, a genre of music from the Dominican Republic, to be included in Sounds of Resistance: The Role of Music in Multicultural Activism, and an article on Jorge Luis Borges' "Pierre Menard, autor del Quijote" ("Pierre Menard, author of the Quijote"). She is also a contributing editor to The Encyclopedia of Latin Music and The Encyclopedia of Latino Folklore, both forthcoming. Additionally, Professor Reagan is a marathon runner, triathlete, and mother of two more

Table of contents

Introduction: The Problem with the Traditional First Person Narrator Chapter One: Self-Exile as a Means of Self-Affirmation in Jose Donoso's El jardin de al lado Chapter Two: The Anti-Rhetoric of the Non-Chronicle in Gabriel Garcia Marquez's Cronica de una muerte anunciada Chapter Three: Stories of the Other/Reflections of the Self in Mario Vargas Llosa's El hablador Conclusion: Postmodern Problems with Postmodern Solutionsshow more