Beyond Bolaño: The Global Latin American Novel by Héctor HoyosBeyond Bolaño: The Global Latin American Novel by Héctor Hoyos

Beyond Bolaño: The Global Latin American Novel

byHéctor Hoyos

Paperback | December 13, 2016

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Through a comparative analysis of the novels of Roberto Bolaño and the fictional work of César Aira, Mario Bellatin, Diamela Eltit, Chico Buarque, Alberto Fuguet, and Fernando Vallejo, among other leading authors, Héctor Hoyos defines and explores new trends in how we read and write in a globalized era. Calling attention to fresh innovations in form, voice, perspective, and representation, he also affirms the lead role of Latin American authors in reshaping world literature.

Focusing on post-1989 Latin American novels and their representation of globalization, Hoyos considers the narrative techniques and aesthetic choices Latin American authors make to assimilate the conflicting forces at work in our increasingly interconnected world. Challenging the assumption that globalization leads to cultural homogenization, he identifies the rich textual strategies that estrange and re-mediate power relations both within literary canons and across global cultural hegemonies. Hoyos shines a light on the unique, avant-garde phenomena that animate these works, such as modeling literary circuits after the dynamics of the art world, imagining counterfactual "Nazi" histories, exposing the limits of escapist narratives, and formulating textual forms that resist worldwide literary consumerism. These experiments help reconfigure received ideas about global culture and advance new, creative articulations of world consciousness.

Héctor Hoyos is an associate professor of Latin American literature and culture at Stanford University, where he teaches contemporary fiction and literary theory. He holds a Ph.D. in Romance studies from Cornell University and degrees in philosophy and literature from the Universidad de los Andes in Bogotá, Colombia.
Title:Beyond Bolaño: The Global Latin American NovelFormat:PaperbackDimensions:296 pagesPublished:December 13, 2016Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0231168438

ISBN - 13:9780231168434


Table of Contents

AcknowledgmentsIntroduction: Globalization as Form1. Nazi Tales from the Americas at the Turn of the Twenty-first Century2. The Cosmopolitics of South-South Escapism3. All the World's a Supermarket (and All the Men and Women Merely Shoppers)4. Iconocracy and Political Theology of Narconovelas5. On Duchamp and Beuys as Latin American WritersConclusion: The Promise of MultipolarismNotesBibliographyIndex

Editorial Reviews

An important contribution to both studies of the contemporary (post 1989) Latin American novel and studies of World Literature.