Latin American Fiction: A Short Introduction (Blackwell by Phillip Swanson

By Phillip Swanson

This e-book introduces readers to the evolution of contemporary fiction in Spanish-speaking Latin the United States. provides Latin American fiction in its cultural and political contexts. Introduces debates approximately how one can learn this literature. Combines an outline of the evolution of contemporary Latin American fiction with certain reviews of key texts. Discusses authors similar to Mario Vargas Llosa, Gabriel García Márquez, Jorge Luis Borges and Isabel Allende. Covers nation-building narratives, ‘modernismo’, the recent Novel, the increase, the Post-Boom, Magical Realism, Hispanic fiction within the united states, and extra.

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The first actually seems to be a narratorial projection of inevitable death, in contrast with the second, which (with its sudden bursts of colour, freshness, fertility and life) may be taken as an ironized manifestation of the main character’s futile hopes of salvation. Whatever the interpretation, the boundary between internal perception and external reality has been transgressed. What the above also seems to indicate is that Quiroga’s stories are not just about man and his environment, but also about the very nature of life and death.

10 His attitude to sexuality underscores the inversion of traditional values; rather than a metaphor for fulfilment, the sexual act becomes a ‘congojosa sequedad del espíritu, peregrina voluptuosidad áspera y mandadora’ (‘anguished drying-up of the spirit, a harsh and controlling wandering voluptuosity’) (p. 52). There are expressions of optimism in the novel, but they seem to be constantly undone (the novel ends with Silvio 43 The Rise of the New Narrative engaging in an optimistic exchange, but then tripping over a chair).

As has been seen, none the less, in practice 23 National Narratives much Romantic fiction in Latin America was very much concerned with national realities. And, at the same time, Regionalist writing did aim to be realistic in its documentation of regional ways of life. Regionalism can probably be more usefully understood as a continuation and more explicit refinement of the national and continental post-Independence concerns of the nineteenth century in the form of novels for which there was something more of a literate, educated, national public (though underdeveloped in comparison to, say, northwestern Europe).

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