Redefining Latin American Historical Fiction The Impact of Feminism and Postcolonialism

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  • Copyright: 2013-06-06
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
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Current scholarship on Latin American historical fiction has failed to adequately take feminism and postcolonialism into account. In this collection of essays, noted scholars use these important contemporary discourses as a starting point for a new definition of the Latin American historical novel that includes four categories: fiction about the search for national identity, magical realism, narrative with historical intertextuality, and symbolic historical fiction. These categories show how the novel evolves through a new emphasis on women and the colonial subject in key texts by Claribel Alegría, Edgardo Rodríguez Juliá, Cristina Peri Rossi, Reinaldo Arenas, Antonio Benítez-Rojo, Ana Teresa Torres, Tomás Eloy Martínez, Ana María Gonçalves, and Mario Vargas Llosa.

Author Biography

Helene Carol Weldt-Basson is Professor of Spanish at Michigan State University, USA. She holds a PhD in Latin American Literature from Columbia University, USA. Her publications include: Augusto Roa Bastos's I The Supreme: A Dialogic Perspective; Subversive Silences: Nonverbal Expression and Implicit Narrative Strategies in the Works of Latin American Women Writers ; Postmodernism's Role in Latin American Literature: The Life and Work of Augusto Roa Bastos; and numerous articles on twentieth-century and contemporary Latin American narrative.

Table of Contents

1. Redefining Latin American Historical Fiction: The Impact of Feminism and Postcolonialism; Helene Carol Weldt-Basson
2. Ashes of Izalco: Female Narrative Strategies and the History of a Nation; Patricia Varas
3. In Search of the Absent Revolution: Edgardo Rodríguez Julia's Novels of Invented History; Víctor Figueroa
4. The Galleys of History: Mirages and Madness of a Journey; Fernando Burgos
5. Archaeologies of Identity: Revisions of the City and the Nation in Two Novels by Ana María Torres; Elda Stanco
6. Santa Evita, History, Fiction, and Myth: A Narrative from Another Side; Marcelo Coddou
7. Chaos and Simulations of History in Mujer en traje de batalla; Fátima R. Nogueira
8. The Plural History of Memory: A Polyphonic Novel by Ángela Hernández; Ester Gimbernat González
9. Unsubmissive Imaginaries in the Contemporary Brazilian Historical Novel: A Reading of Um defeito de cor by Ana Maria Gonçalves; Maria Josele Coehlo
10. El sueño del celta: Postcolonial Vargas Llosa; Helene Carol Weldt-Basson

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