The Cambridge history of Latin American literature

"Primary and vital resource for literary specialists, historians, students of all levels, and general readers interested in this period. Leading scholars write about diverse genres (narrative, essay, poetry, theater) and cultural interests and ideas (intellectual life, historiography, Viceregal...

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Corporate Author: Cambridge University Press.
Other Authors: González Echevarría, Roberto., Pupo-Walker, Enrique.
Format: Online Book
Language: English
Published: Cambridge ; New York, NY : Cambridge University Press, 1996.
Online Access: Online version [v. 1]
Online version [v. 2]
Online version [v. 3]
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Most literary histories are at best adequate to their commitments. Not so this exceptional three-volume history of Latin American literature, which in fact surpasses its goals. The "General Preface" (helpfully included in each volume) sets forth the scope, methodology, and scholarly precepts that guided this long-overdue work. More than 40 scholars on three continents collaborated on what is without doubt the most comprehensive treatment to date of this subject. Its more than 2,000 pages cover topics ranging from the pre-Columbian era to the late 20th century. Chapters deal with matters as current as the Spanish American novel (1975-90) and include subjects not usually encountered in a history of Latin American literature (e.g., literary criticism, the autobiographical narrative, Chicano literature, and the novel of the Mexican revolution). The editors have added an interdisciplinary dimension to their work by incorporating the materials and methodologies proper to history. One notes some unevenness in the individual chapters both in quality and length; essays range from seven pages to more than 60. The inclusion of Brazilian literature here, not as a literature apart but as a legitimate component of the greater corpus of the continent's letters, in an indisputable contribution. Despite some inconsistency in its format, the 450-page bibliography is a definite plus. Congratulations to contributors, editors, and publishers on what will become a classic in the field. All academic libraries serving upper-division undergraduates and above. F. Colecchia; Duquesne University

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