Gabriel Garcia Marquez and the Powers of Fiction by Julio OrtegaGabriel Garcia Marquez and the Powers of Fiction by Julio Ortega

Gabriel Garcia Marquez and the Powers of Fiction

byJulio Ortega

Paperback | April 1, 2010

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Together with the late Jorge Luis Borges, Gabriel García Márquez, the 1982 Nobel laureate, stands at the pinnacle of Latin American literature. His work, in the words of Julio Ortega, "contains its own 'deconstructive' force—a literary power capable of reshaping natural order and rhetorical tradition in order to 'carnivalize' the Borges' library and allow us to hear the voices—and the laughter—of a culture, that of Latin America." This reshaping force invites us to read the works of García Márquez in a new way, one that bypasses the traditional, inadequate approaches through Latin American politics, history, and "magical realism."

In Gabriel García Márquez and the Powers of Fiction, noted scholars Julio Ortega, Ricardo Gutiérrez Mouat, Michael Palencia-Roth, Aníbal González, and Gonzalo Díaz-Migoyo offer English-speaking readers a new approach to García Márquez's work. Their poststructuralist readings focus on the peculiar sign-system, formal configuration, intradiscursivity, and unfolding representation in the novels One Hundred Years of Solitude, No One Writes to the Colonel, In Evil Hour, The Autumn of the Patriarch, and Chronicle of a Death Foretold and in several of the author's short stories. Also included as an appendix is a translation of García Márquez's Nobel Prize acceptance speech, "The Solitude of Latin America."

Julio Ortega is a professor of Hispanic Studies at Brown University.
Title:Gabriel Garcia Marquez and the Powers of FictionFormat:PaperbackDimensions:104 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.25 inPublished:April 1, 2010Publisher:University Of Texas PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0292723709

ISBN - 13:9780292723702

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Table of Contents

  • Acknowledgments
  • Julio Ortega. Exchange System in One Hundred Years of Solitude
  • Ricardo Gutiérrez Mouat. The Economy of the Narrative Sign in No One Writes to the Colonel and In Evil Hour
  • Michael Palencia-Roth. Intertextualities: Three Metamorphoses of Myth in The Autumn of the Patriarch
  • Aníbal González. The Ends of the Text: Journalism in the Fiction of Gabriel García Márquez
  • Gonzalo Díaz-Migoyo. Truth Disguised: Chronicle of a Death (Ambiguously) Foretold
  • Gabriel García Márquez. The Solitude of Latin America (Nobel Lecture, 1982)
  • Contributors
  • Index

Editorial Reviews

"Gabriel Garcia Marquez and the Powers of Fiction signifies a veritable tour de force on the part of the editor, his collaborators, and translator ... In the final analysis, these exemplary essays open the door to new vistas in contemporary research and scholarship in Spanish America." - Inter-American Review of Bibliography