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Literatures of the Americas

The Mexican Crack Writers

History and Criticism

Editors: Jaimes, Héctor (Ed.)

  • Represents the first scholarly book on the Mexican ‘Crack’ writers
  • Draws analogies between this group of Mexican writers and Latin American literature more broadly
  • Brings together a range of esteemed scholars from Mexico, the US and Europe
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About this book

This book provides a rich and cutting-edge analysis of one of the most prominent literary groups in Latin America: the Mexican Crack Writers. The first part explores the history of the group and its relation to the Latin American literary tradition, while the second part is devoted to the critical analysis of the works of each of the authors: Ricardo Chávez Castañeda, Ignacio Padilla, Pedro Ángel Palou, Eloy Urroz and Jorge Volpi. The volume is further enriched by the inclusion, in the appendix, of the two manifestos of the group: the Crack Manifesto and the Crack Postmanifesto (1996-2016). It will be of great interest to students and scholars focusing on contemporary Latin American literature.

About the authors

Héctor Jaimes is Professor of Latin American Literature and Culture at North Carolina State University, USA.  His areas of expertise are Mexican Studies and the Latin American essay. He is the author of Filosofía del muralismo mexicano: Orozco, Rivera y Siqueiros (2012) and La reescritura de la historia en el ensayo hispanoamericano (2001).

Reviews

“This fine collection of essays on the Mexican Crack that revolutionized Latin American literature invites us to analyze the birth of a new literary era, conceived in the midst of neoliberalism and globalization. This timely study of this generation’s literary production revisits key concepts related to identity and literary influence, innovative writing techniques, literary field, and spatial shifts. A rich cartography of critical and theoretical approaches that sheds light on contemporary Mexican literature and culture.” (Oswaldo Estrada, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA)

“A long overdue single-volume analysis of the Mexican “Crack” phenomenon, the essays included aptly contextualize the poetics and themes of the Crack writers, as well as offering both the group’s manifesto and “post manifesto”. A required reading for all those interested in the avatars of recent Mexican fiction.” (Pablo Brescia, Professor of Latin American Literature, University of South Florida, USA)

“Twenty years after the defying “We are the crack” pronouncement (1996-2016), and following the unexpected tragic loss of Ignacio Padilla, the book recovers the origins and innovative proposals of a generation and celebrates their coming of age.” (Professor Sara Poot-Herrera, University of California Santa Barbara, USA)

Table of contents (10 chapters)

  • Introduction: The Mexican Crack Writers—Toward a New Literary Aesthetics

    Jaimes, Héctor

    Pages 1-9

  • The Crack: Generational Strategies in Mexico at the Turn of the Century

    Regalado López, Tomás

    Pages 13-38

  • The Crack Movement’s Literary Cartography (1996–2016)

    Alvarado Ruiz, Ramón

    Pages 39-53

  • Narrative Techniques in Jorge Volpi’s Fictions

    Calderón, Sara

    Pages 57-72

  • Science, Art, and Magic: Totalization and Totalitarianism in Jorge Volpi’s in Search of Klingsor

    González, Aníbal

    Pages 73-86

Buy this book

eBook $89.00
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-62716-8
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $119.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-319-62715-1
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Mexican Crack Writers
Book Subtitle
History and Criticism
Editors
  • Héctor Jaimes
Series Title
Literatures of the Americas
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-62716-8
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-62716-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-62715-1
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 210
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