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Palgrave Macmillan

New Trends in Contemporary Latin American Narrative

Post-National Literatures and the Canon

ISBN 9781137444707
Publication Date August 2014
Formats Hardcover Ebook (EPUB) Ebook (PDF) 
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan
Series Literatures of the Americas

Examining a rich new generation of Latin American writers, this timely collection offers new perspectives on the current status of Latin American literature in the age of globalization. Essays examine the anthology McOndo, which rejected magical realism as the primary literary mode of Latin America, and the Crack group, which argued for a return to more complex narrative, as turning points for Latin American narratives and for a new generation of authors. Instead of perpetuating the simple blueprint of Postboom magical realism, this volume argues that the authors studied in here combine social preoccupations, such as drug trafficking, with aesthetic ones. In many cases, authors like the Crack group members, Roberto Bolaño, Rodrigo Fresán, Evelio Rosero, or Ena Lucía Portela, directly dialogue with the Boom authors while other authors, like Diego Trelles Paz or Yolanda Arroyo, utilize new technologies to create dynamic creative projects.

Timothy R. Robbins is Assistant Professor of Spanish at Drury University, USA. His recent research focuses on late twentieth and contemporary narratives, with special attention to popular culture and cultural interaction. He is currently co-authoring a reference text on Latin American popular culture.

Jose Eduardo Gonzalez is Associate Professor of Spanish and Ethnic Studies at the University of Nebraska, USA. He is the author of Borges and the Politics of Forms and co-editor of Primitivism and Identity in Latin America. His research focuses on contemporary Latin American narrative and his articles have appeared in numerous scholarly journals.

Introduction: Posnacionalistas: Tradition and New Writing in Latin America; Timothy R. Robbins and José Eduardo González
1. From the Mexican Onda to McOndo: The Shifting Ideology of Mass Culture; Timothy R. Robbins
2. Bolaño and the Canon; Ricardo Gutiérrez Mouat
3. CRACK and Contemporary Latin American Narrative: An Introductory Study; Tomás Regalado López
4. Deep Literature and Dirty Realism: Rupture and Continuity in the Canon; Gerardo Cruz-Grunerth
5. The Historical and Geographical Imagination in Recent Argentine Fiction: Rodrigo Fresán and the DNA of a Globalized Writer; Emilse B. Hidalgo
6. An Impossible Witness of The Armies; Lotte Buiting
7. The Narco-Letrado: Intellectuals and Drug Trafficking in Darío Jaramillo Agudelo's Cartas cruzadas; Alberto Fonseca
8. The Reader as Translator: Rewriting the Past in Contemporary Latin American Fiction; Janet Hendrickson
9. Multiple Names and Temporal Superpositions: Yolanda Arroyo's and Diego Trellez's Digital Poetics; Eduard Arriaga-Arango
10. Of Hurricanes and Tempests: Ena Lucía Portela's Text as a Non-Tourist Destination; José Eduardo González

Ricardo Gutiérrez Mouat, Emory University, USA

Alberto Fonseca, North Central College, USA
Tomás Regalado López, James Madison University, USA

Gerardo Cruz-Grunerth, Writer, Mexico

Eduard Arriaga-Arango, Western University, Canada

Lotte Buiting, Harvard University, USA

Janet Hendrickson, Translator, USA

Emilse B. Hidalgo, IRICE-Conicet, Argentina


"The authors of this timely collection provide a solid account of the nature of post-politics and the subsequent demise of the idea of the nation in contemporary Latin American narrative, also scrutinizing the crucial role of the Internet in the construction of a simultaneously global and local new Latin American Republic of Letters." - J. Agustín Pastén B., Professor of Latin American Literature, North Carolina State University, USA
"An incisive critical and historical analysis of the newest trends in Latin American narrative, this authoritative volume captures the iconoclastic temperament of the continent's post-national literary movements at the break of the 21st century, answering the what, how, and why of the emergence of groups and figures such as McOndo, Crack, MoHo, Bolaño, Volpi, and others, in the context of conflictual globalization and the shifting market forces of postmodern culture. It is an essential update to find out what comes after magical realism, the Boom, and the dissolution of the traditional literary canon." - Erik Camayd-Freixas, Professor of Spanish, Florida International University, USA and author of Etnografía imaginaria: Historia y parodia en la literatura hispanoamericana
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