A Users Guide to Postcolonial and Latino Borderland Fiction

Paperback | November 15, 2010

byFrederick Luis Aldama

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Why are so many people attracted to narrative fiction? How do authors in this genre reframe experiences, people, and environments anchored to the real world without duplicating "real life"? In which ways does fiction differ from reality? What might fictional narrative and reality have in common—if anything?

By analyzing novels such as Arundhati Roy's The God of Small Things, Amitav Ghosh's The Glass Palace, Zadie Smith's White Teeth, and Hari Kunzru's The Impressionist, along with selected Latino comic books and short fiction, this book explores the peculiarities of the production and reception of postcolonial and Latino borderland fiction. Frederick Luis Aldama uses tools from disciplines such as film studies and cognitive science that allow the reader to establish how a fictional narrative is built, how it functions, and how it defines the boundaries of concepts that appear susceptible to limitless interpretations.

Aldama emphasizes how postcolonial and Latino borderland narrative fiction authors and artists use narrative devices to create their aesthetic blueprints in ways that loosely guide their readers' imagination and emotion. In A User's Guide to Postcolonial and Latino Borderland Fiction, he argues that the study of ethnic-identified narrative fiction must acknowledge its active engagement with world narrative fictional genres, storytelling modes, and techniques, as well as the way such fictions work to move their audiences.

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Why are so many people attracted to narrative fiction? How do authors in this genre reframe experiences, people, and environments anchored to the real world without duplicating "real life"? In which ways does fiction differ from reality? What might fictional narrative and reality have in common—if anything?By analyzing novels such as A...

Frederick Luis Aldama is Arts and Humanities Distinguished Professor of English at Ohio State University.
Format:PaperbackDimensions:208 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.68 inPublished:November 15, 2010Publisher:University Of Texas PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0292725779

ISBN - 13:9780292725775

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Putting the World Back into Postcolonial and Latino Borderland LiteratureChapter One: A User's Guide to Postcolonial and Latino Borderland FictionChapter Two: Putting the Fiction Back into Arundhati RoyChapter Three: History as Handmaiden to Fiction in Amitav GhoshChapter Four: Fictional World Making in Zadie Smith and Hari KunzruChapter Five: This Is Your Brain on Latino ComicsChapter Six: Reading the Latino Borderland Short StoryNotesWorks CitedIndex

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In Aldama's eloquent exploration of postcolonial and Latino fiction—novel, short story, comic book—we find concepts, arguments, and analyses that increase our pleasure as readers of Zadie Smith, Arundhati Roy, Hari Kunzru, Amitav Ghosh, Dagoberto Gilb, Luis Rodriguez and a whole lot of comic book authors—finally!—that lead us to know and inhabit new intellectual territories. This book is for all authors, readers, and critics interested in postcolonial and Latino fiction and, most significantly, it is a daring journey into the Latino and postcolonial fictional mind. - Monica Brown, Northern Arizona University, author of Gang Nation: Delinquent Citizens in Puerto Rican, Chicano, and Chicana Narratives