The Contemporary Spanish-American Novel

Editat de Will H. Corral, Nicholas Birns, Juan E. De Castro
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The Contemporary Spanish-American Novel provides an accessible introduction to an important World literature. While many of the authors covered—Aira, Bolaño, Castellanos Moya, Vásquez—are gaining an increasing readership in English and are frequently taught, there is sparse criticism in English beyond book reviews. This book provides the guidance necessary for a more sophisticated and contextualized understanding of these authors and their works. Underestimated or unfamiliar Spanish American novels and novelists are introduced through conceptually rigorous essays. Sections on each writer include:*the author's reception in their native country, Spanish America, and Spain*biographical history*a critical examination of their work, including key themes and conceptual concerns*translation history*scholarly receptionThe Contemporary Spanish-American Novel offers an authoritative guide to a rich and varied novelistic tradition. It covers all demographic areas, including United States Latino authors, in exploring the diversity of this literature and its major themes, such as exile, migration, and gender representation.
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ISBN-13: 9781441142597
ISBN-10: 1441142592
Pagini: 400
Dimensiuni: 150 x 229 x 30 mm
Greutate: 0.70 kg
Editura: Bloomsbury Academic
Locul publicării: London, United Kingdom


Each geographical section has contextual introduction, indicating major trends as well as the sociocultural factors

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Will H. Corral has taught at Stanford and the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. He is the author of recent books on the Latin American novel, Bolaño, and Vargas Llosa, and co-author of the seminal Theory's Empire. Juan E. De Castro is an Associate Professor in Literary Studies at Eugene Lang College, The New School for Liberal Arts, New York, USA, where he teaches courses in Latin American, Latino, Peninsular, and Inter-American literature. He has published articles in MLN, Latin American Research Review, and Aztlan, among other journals. He is the author of three books, the most recent of which is Mario Vargas Llosa: Public Intellectual in Neoliberal Latin America (2011).Nicholas Birns is Associate Teaching Professor at Eugene Lang College, the New School for Liberal Arts, New York, USA, where he concentrates in general humanities, fiction in English from 1700 as well as literary theory. His books include Understanding Anthony Powell (2004), the co-edited Companion To Australian Fiction since 1900 (2007). The latter was named a CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title for 2008. He is also the author of Theory After Theory (2010), Willa Cather: Critical Insights (2011) and Vargas Llosa and Latin American Politics, co-ed. Juan E. de Castro. He has published essays and reviews in The New York Times Book Review, the Australian Literary Review, the Australian Book Review, Arizona Quarterly, and Exemplaria; Studies in Romanticism, Symbiosis, College Literature, and European Romantic Review.


GENERAL INTRODUCTION I. MEXICO: Introduction Mario Bellatin, Francisco J. Lopez Alfonso, Universitat de Valencia, SpainCarmen Boullosa, Emily Hind, University of Wyoming, USAÁlvaro Enrigue, Christopher Dominguez Michael, Colegio de Mexico, MexicoAna García Bergua, Anadeli Bencomo, University of Houston, USAGuadalupe Nettel, Valerie Hecht, University of California, Davis, USA Ignacio Padilla, Ignacio M. Sanchez Prado, Washington University in Saint Louis, USA Pedro Ángel Palou, Ignacio M. Sanchez Prado, Washington University in Saint Louis, USA Cristina Rivera Garza, Oswaldo Estrada, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA Daniel Sada, Oswaldo Zavala, CUNY Graduate Center and the College of Staten Island, CUNY, USA Enrique Serna, Vinodh Venkatesh, Virginia Tech, USA Eloy Urroz, Ignacio M. Sanchez Prado, Washington University in Saint Louis, USA Xavier Velasco,Vinodh Venkatesh, Virginia Tech, USA Juan Villoro, Jose Ramon Ruisanchez Serra, University of Houston, USA Jorge Volpi, Jose Ramon Ruisanchez Serra, University of Houston, USAHeriberto Yépez, Christopher Dominguez Michael, Colegio de Mexico, Mexico II. CENTRAL AMERICA: Introduction, Nicholas Birns, The New School, USA Dorelia Barahona, Maria del Carmen Perez Cuadra, Chile Horacio Castellanos Moya, Albrecht Buschmann, University of Rostock, GermanyCarlos Cortés, Will H. Corral, USAJacinta Escudos, Maria del Carmen Perez Cuadra, Chile Rodrigo Rey Rosa, Alexandra Ortiz Wallner, Freie Universitat Berling, Germany III. HISPANOPHONE CARIBBEAN: Introduction, Nicholas Birns, The New School, USAJuan Carlos Chirinos, Elda Stanco, Roanoke College, USA Pedro Juan Gutiérrez, Jorge Ruffinelli, Stanford University, USARita Indiana Hernández, Rita De Maeseneer, University of Antwerp, Belgium Luis López Nieves, Angel Rivera, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, USAJuan Carlos Méndez Guedez, Elda Stanco, Roanoke College, USAMayra Montero, Angel Rivera, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, USA Leonardo Padura, Stephen Wilkinson Antonio José Ponte, Anke Birkenmaier, Indiana University, Bloomington, USA Ena Lucía Portela, Mary G. Berg, Brandeis University, USA Mayra Santos Febres, John Waldron, University of Vermont, USA Karla Suárez, Mary G. Berg, Brandeis University, USAZoé Valdés, Nanne Timmer, University of Leiden, Netherlands Pedro Antonio Valdez, Fernando Valerio-Holguin, Colorado State University, USA IV. GREATER ANDEAN REGION: Introduction, Will H. Corral, USAHéctor Abad Faciolince, Catalina Quesada, University of Bern, SwitzerlandJorge Eduardo Benavides, Alex Lima, Suffolk County Community College, USADiego Cornejo Menacho, Antonio Villarruel, Harvard University, USA Alonso Cueto, Juan E. De Castro, The New School for Liberal Studies, USA Jorge Franco, Catalina Quesada, University of Bern, Switzerland Santiago Gamboa, Rory O'Bryen, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom Edmundo Paz Soldán, J. Andrew Brown, Washington University in St. Louis, USA Laura Restrepo, Kate Averis, Universite Paris X (Nanterre), France Santiago Roncagliolo, Juan E. De Castro, The New School for Liberal Studies, USA Iván Thays, Edwin Chavez, Leonardo Valencia, Antonio Villarruel, Harvard University, USA Juan Gabriel Vásquez, Jasper Vervaeke, University of Antwerp, Belgium V. SOUTHERN CONE: Introduction, Will H. Corral, USACésar Aira, Will H. Corral, USA Álvaro Bisama, Roberto Bolaño, Carlos Burgos, University of San Diego, USA Leopoldo Brizuela, Assen Kokalov, Purdue University North Central, USAMarcelo Cohen, Darrell B. Lockhart, University of Nevada, Reno, USA Diamela Eltit, Roberto Hozven, Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile, Chile Carlos Franz, Raul Rodriguez Freire Rodrigo Fresán, Eduardo Becerra Alberto Fuguet, Nicholas Birns, The New School, USA Beatriz García Huidobro, Fernando Blanco, Wittenberg University, Germany Sergio Gómez, Fernando Blanco, Wittenberg University, Germany Pedro Lemebel, Jorge Ruffinelli, Stanford University, USA Guillermo Martínez, Matthew Losada, University of California, Berkeley, USA Andrés Neuman, Jorge Ruffinelli, Stanford University, USAAlan Pauls, Miguel Rivera, Franklin & Marshall College, USA Patricio Pron, Pablo Brescia, University of South Florida, USA Alejandro Zambra, Raul Rodriguez Freire VI. UNITED STATES LATINO NOVELISTS: Introduction, Juan E. De Castro, The New School for Liberal Studies, USA Daniel Alarcón, Juan E. De Castro, The New School for Liberal Studies, USA Junot Díaz, Ignacio Lopez-Calvo, University of California, Merced, USA Jaime Manrique, David William Foster, Arizona State University, USA Judith Ortiz Cofer, Bridget Kevane, Montana State University, USA Ernesto Quiñónez, June Dwyer, Manhattan College, USA Editors Contributors


"The contemporary Spanish American novel is much talked about," claims the introduction to the book, but all too little seriously understood. This book seeks to remedy this situation by providing an in-depth guide to recent outstanding fiction from the Spanish-speaking Western Hemisphere. In this, The Contemporary Spanish-American Novel fulfills its goals … In addition to the three main editors, a good number of academics make up the team, and the critical overview of the new literature in Spanish of the Americas is overjoying due to its evident richness, intelligence and originality. Perhaps the main usefulness of this project resides in the group of authors studied … When the United States began to be interested in what was being published in the remote Latin America, the authors who were worth reading were not many; today, if we believe the study, they occupy a large room in the universal library.
What has been happening in Latin American fiction in recent years? A very full answer is provided in this invaluable book. The combination of regional overviews (by the editors) and author essays (by a variety of critics, including the editors) brings the reader up-to-date, especially the English-only reader. Most of the novels discussed here have not been translated into English—and the few that have only spottily reviewed—which makes this book a revelation for those of us north of the border interested in new developments in the novel. The Contemporary Spanish-American Novel belongs in all academic libraries.
This book sheds light on our knowledge of contemporary Latin American narrative, which is already entering the twenty-first century with great vitality and innovativeness. Through its pages we can understand what is new and original, the authors who have arrived and stayed. A serious and well- thought study.
Picking up the story of the Spanish-American novel from after the Boom, this book has everything you could ever want to know about McOndites, Crackites, Donositos, Bolañites, urban neorealism, desert storytellers, sicaresque narratives, all dizzying, shifting parts in what is inarguably the most vibrant body of writing in the Americas today.
This unique collection of essays by fifty scholars and writers on the work of sixty-nine contemporary novelists from Spanish-America is a valuable resource for scholars and readers alike. […] This study presents the diverse nature of the contemporary Spanish American novel and the attempts by successive generation of writers to both receive and break with the influence of the strong novelists of the past. […] The contributors have approached their authors from their own unique critical approaches and points of view. The result is a highly readable work that is both informative and stimulating. Readers of this volume will discover that the Spanish American novel is not only alive and well, but that it is in a process of continual renewal and enrichment.
This versatile volume, obviously the result of years of preparation, has two great merits: not only does it serve as a thoughtful and thorough summary of the achievement of two generations of Spanish American novelists; it also introduces the reader to writers that she or he may have never read, and in more than a few instances, never heard of (I am speaking for myself, of course). In this respect, the book is an excellent guide for further reading in recent Spanish American fiction.