The Columbia Guide to the Latin American Novel Since 1945

The Columbia Guide to the Latin American Novel Since 1945

Raymond Leslie Williams
Copyright Date: 2007
Pages: 400
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    The Columbia Guide to the Latin American Novel Since 1945
    Book Description:

    In this expertly crafted, richly detailed guide, Raymond Leslie Williams explores the cultural, political, and historical events that have shaped the Latin American and Caribbean novel since the end of World War II. In addition to works originally composed in English, Williams covers novels written in Spanish, Portuguese, French, Dutch, and Haitian Creole, and traces the profound influence of modernization, revolution, and democratization on the writing of this era.

    Beginning in 1945, Williams introduces major trends by region, including the Caribbean and U.S. Latino novel, the Mexican and Central American novel, the Andean novel, the Southern Cone novel, and the novel of Brazil. He discusses the rise of the modernist novel in the 1940s, led by Jorge Luis Borges's reaffirmation of the right of invention, and covers the advent of the postmodern generation of the 1990s in Brazil, the Generation of the "Crack" in Mexico, and the McOndo generation in other parts of Latin America.

    An alphabetical guide offers biographies of authors, coverage of major topics, and brief introductions to individual novels. It also addresses such areas as women's writing, Afro-Latin American writing, and magic realism. The guide's final section includes an annotated bibliography of introductory studies on the Latin American and Caribbean novel, national literary traditions, and the work of individual authors. From early attempts to synthesize postcolonial concerns with modernist aesthetics to the current focus on urban violence and globalization, The Columbia Guide to the Latin American Novel Since 1945 presents a comprehensive, accessible portrait of a thoroughly diverse and complex branch of world literature.

    eISBN: 978-0-231-50169-9
    Subjects: Language & Literature, History

Table of Contents

  1. Front Matter
    (pp. i-iv)
  2. Table of Contents
    (pp. v-vi)
  3. Preface
    (pp. vii-viii)
  4. Part I Introduction, Chronological Survey and Regional Survey
    • Introduction to the Latin American and Caribbean Novel
      (pp. 3-14)

      The diverse peoples, languages, and cultures of the region today called Latin America and the Caribbean share a colonial legacy. Spain and Portugual ruled the region for approximately three centuries and other European nations have exercised a colonial presence. Taking into account its indigenous, African, and Iberian cultural heritages, the Mexican writer Carlos Fuentes has eschewed the very term Latin America and identified this vast region as “Indo-Afro-Ibero America.” The numerous indigenous languages and cultures (literally hundreds, from Mapuche in Chile to Nahuatlin Mexico), the several African languages and cultures, and the several Western European languages and cultures (principally from...

    • Chronological Survey
      (pp. 15-23)

      The colonial legacy, the 1960s Boom, and the international popularity of magical realist novelists have been the most widely recognized phenomena associated with the Latin American and Caribbean novel. In the mid-1940s the appearance of a series of now classic modernist novels signaled a change in the direction of Latin American fiction that preceded the popular novels of magical realism—the most widely recognized phenomenon associated with Latin American and Caribbean fiction. Following the lead of Borges and foreign modernists, these novelists of the 1940s rejected conventional and realist modes of writing, as well as the limits of much regionalist...

    • Regional Survey
      (pp. 24-72)

      The major political contexts for the Mexican novel since 1945 are the Mexican Revolution of 1910–1917, the institutionalization of the political party in control during most of the post-WWII period, the PRI (Partido Revolucionario Institucional), and the massacre at the Plaza de Tlatelolco in Mexico City in 1968. During the Mexican Revolution, Mariano Azuela published Los de abajo, and his was only the first of a long series. In the 1940s, in fact, the old-school storyteller and social critic Azuela was still the most widely read novelist in Mexico. Even Mexican novels of the 1940s and 1950s that do...

    • Conclusion: The Post-1945 Novel, the Desire to Be Modern, and Redemocratization
      (pp. 73-74)

      The Peruvian writer Mario Vargas Llosa and other intellectuals have proposed that great literature is a product of societies in crisis. Vargas Llosa suggests that this might partially explain phenomena such as the much renowned Russian novel of the nineteenth century and the voluminous outpouring of significant Latin American novels in the latter half of the twentieth century. The social and political contexts have been related to the Latin American writer in many ways: Nobel laureate Gabriel García Márquez claimed in 1975 that he would not write another novel until after the fall of Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet; Carlos Fuentes...

  5. Part II Nations, Topics, Biographies, Novels (A-Z)
    • [Part II Introduction]
      (pp. 75-352)

      Abad Faciolince, Héctor [Biography] Colombian novelist, short story writer, essayist, editor, and translator, he is one of the leading writers of his generation, a generation that some writers in Colombia have described as the first to be born after the advent of national television and one that considers the media as important as the great classics of literature. This generation has also grown up in an urban setting of drug trafficking and widespread violence. Abad Faciolince, along with other Colombian writers of his generation, has been interested in fictionalizing this new urban experience, with particular emphasis on the precariousness of...

  6. Annotated Bibliography
    (pp. 353-366)
  7. Index
    (pp. 367-392)