Early Spanish American Narrative

Paperback | November 1, 2004

byNaomi Lindstrom

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The world discovered Latin American literature in the twentieth century, but the roots of this rich literary tradition reach back beyond Columbus's discovery of the New World. The great pre-Hispanic civilizations composed narrative accounts of the acts of gods and kings. Conquistadors and friars, as well as their Amerindian subjects, recorded the clash of cultures that followed the Spanish conquest. Three hundred years of colonization and the struggle for independence gave rise to a diverse body of literature—including the novel, which flourished in the second half of the nineteenth century.

To give everyone interested in contemporary Spanish American fiction a broad understanding of its literary antecedents, this book offers an authoritative survey of four centuries of Spanish American narrative. Naomi Lindstrom begins with Amerindian narratives and moves forward chronologically through the conquest and colonial eras, the wars for independence, and the nineteenth century. She focuses on the trends and movements that characterized the development of prose narrative in Spanish America, with incisive discussions of representative works from each era. Her inclusion of women and Amerindian authors who have been downplayed in other survey works, as well as her overview of recent critical assessments of early Spanish American narratives, makes this book especially useful for college students and professors.

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The world discovered Latin American literature in the twentieth century, but the roots of this rich literary tradition reach back beyond Columbus's discovery of the New World. The great pre-Hispanic civilizations composed narrative accounts of the acts of gods and kings. Conquistadors and friars, as well as their Amerindian subjects, r...

Naomi Lindstrom is Professor of Spanish and Portuguese at the University of Texas at Austin, where she is also affiliated with the Program in Comparative Literature.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:247 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.75 inPublished:November 1, 2004Publisher:University Of Texas PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0292705662

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AcknowledgmentsIntroduction and Background The Framework of This Study Research into Native American Writing Systems and Narrative1. Narrative Accounts of the Encounter and Conquest2. The Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries: Literary Life in the Colonies3. The Struggle for Nationhood and the Rise of Fiction4. The Mid-Nineteenth Century: Romanticism, Realism, and Nationalism 5. Late-Nineteenth-Century Narratives of Social Commentary and National Self-Reflection6. Naturalism and Modernismo Conclusion: Then and NowNotesSelected BibliographyIndex

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The world discovered Latin American literature in the twentieth century, but the roots of this rich literary tradition reach back beyond Columbus’s discovery of the New World. The great pre-Hispanic civilizations composed narrative accounts of the acts of gods and kings. Conquistadors and friars, as well as their Amerindian subjects, recorded the clash of cultures that followed the Spanish conquest. Three hundred years of colonization and the struggle for independence gave rise to a diverse body of literature—including the novel, which flourished in the second half of the nineteenth century. To give everyone interested in contemporary Spanish American fiction a broad understanding of its literary antecedents, this book offers an authoritative survey of four centuries of Spanish American narrative. Naomi Lindstrom begins with Amerindian narratives and moves forward chronologically through the conquest and colonial eras, the wars for independence, and the nineteenth century. She focuses on the trends and movements that characterized the development of prose narrative in Spanish America, with incisive discussions of representative works from each era. Her inclusion of women and Amerindian authors who have been downplayed in other survey works, as well as her overview of recent critical assessments of early Spanish American narratives, makes this book especially useful for college students and professors.Lindstrom makes a compelling case for the viability of colonial and nineteenth-century narrative today. - Raymond L. Williams, University of California, Riverside, author of The Twentieth-Century Spanish American Novel