José María Arguedas : reconsiderations for Latin American cultural studies /

Jose Maria Arguedas (1911-1969) is one of the most important authors to speak to issues of the survival of native cultures. Jose Maria Arguedas: Reconsiderations for Latin American Cultural Studies presents his views from multiple perspectives for English-speaking audiences for the first time. This...

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Other Authors: Sandoval, Ciro A., Boschetto-Sandoval, Sandra M.
Format: Book
Language: English
Published: Athens : Ohio University Center for International Studies, 1998.
Series: Monographs in international studies. Latin America series ; no. 29.
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Part of a recent trend to reassess the work of Jose Maria Arguedas--the outstanding Peruvian novelist, poet, anthropologist, and interpreter of Andean indigenous and mestizo cultures--this collection employs a variety of perspectives to reevaluate the cultural and literary significance not only of Arguedas's novels but also of his lesser-known poetry, originally written in Quechua. Arguedas fell into disfavor during the "boom" in Latin American literature of the 1960s and '70s, when French structuralism and semiotics were the reigning paradigms for interpreting literature. Writers who did not fit the prevailing mold found themselves marginalized. Arguedas's work was dismissed as an anachronistic prolongation of realism and naturalism, or as the last gasp of an archaic Indianism. Profoundly misunderstood, a dejected Arguedas took his own life in 1969. The more expansive view of literature now in vogue regards Arguedas's transdisciplinary, transcultural oeuvre very differently--as a powerful critique of modernity, and as a complex portrayal of cultures whose conflicts and complementarities constitute striking examples of the human condition. This volume offers valuable reconsiderations for Latin American cultural studies to upper-division undergraduates and above. D. L. Heyck; Loyola University Chicago

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