Colonial Latin American Literature: A Very Short Introduction

Paperback | October 25, 2011

byRolena Adorno

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A vivid account of the literary culture of the Spanish-speaking Americas from the time of Columbus to Latin American Independence, this Very Short Introduction explores the origins of Latin American literature in Spanish and tells the story of how Spanish literary language developed andflourished in the New World. A leading scholar of colonial Latin American literature, Rolena Adorno examines the writings that debated the justice of the Spanish conquests, described the novelties of New World nature, expressed the creativity of Hispanic baroque culture in epic, lyric, and satiricalpoetry, and anticipated Latin American Independence. The works of Spanish, creole, and Amerindian authors highlighted here, including Bartolome de las Casas, Felipe Guaman Poma, Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz, and Andres Bello, have been chosen for the merits of their writings, their participation in the larger literary and cultural debates of their times,and their resonance among readers today.

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A vivid account of the literary culture of the Spanish-speaking Americas from the time of Columbus to Latin American Independence, this Very Short Introduction explores the origins of Latin American literature in Spanish and tells the story of how Spanish literary language developed andflourished in the New World. A leading scholar of ...

Rolena Adorno is the Reuben Post Halleck Professor of Spanish at Yale University. Her books include The Polemics of Possession in Spanish American Narrative and Guaman Poma: Writing and Resistance in Colonial Peru. She is a member of the presidentially appointed National Council on the Humanities and a fellow of the American Academy of...
Format:PaperbackDimensions:160 pages, 6.88 × 4.38 × 0.68 inPublished:October 25, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

1. First Encounters, First Doubts2. Oviedo and Las Casas3. The Polemics of Possession4. The Conquest of Mexico5. A North American Sojourn6. Epic Accomplishments7. Urban Baroque8. Baroque Plenitude9. A New Polemics of PossessionReferencesFurther readingIndex