Love and Politics in the Contemporary Spanish American Novel

Paperback | May 1, 2011

byAníbal González

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The Latin American Literary Boom was marked by complex novels steeped in magical realism and questions of nationalism, often with themes of surreal violence. In recent years, however, those revolutionary projects of the sixties and seventies have given way to quite a different narrative vision and ideology. Dubbed the new sentimentalism, this trend is now keenly elucidated in Love and Politics in the Contemporary Spanish American Novel.

Offering a rich account of the rise of this new mode, as well as its political and cultural implications, Aníbal González delivers a close reading of novels by Miguel Barnet, Elena Poniatowska, Isabel Allende, Alfredo Bryce Echenique, Gabriel García Márquez, Antonio Skármeta, Luis Rafael Sánchez, and others. González proposes that new sentimental novels are inspired principally by a desire to heal the division, rancor, and fear produced by decades of social and political upheaval. Valuing pop culture above the avant-garde, such works also tend to celebrate agape—the love of one's neighbor—while denouncing the negative effects of passion (eros). Illuminating these and other aspects of post-Boom prose, Love and Politics in the Contemporary Spanish American Novel takes a fresh look at contemporary works.

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The Latin American Literary Boom was marked by complex novels steeped in magical realism and questions of nationalism, often with themes of surreal violence. In recent years, however, those revolutionary projects of the sixties and seventies have given way to quite a different narrative vision and ideology. Dubbed the new sentimentalis...

ANÍBAL GONZÁLEZ is Professor of Modern Latin American Literature at Yale University and is the author of five books of criticism. He also serves on the editorial boards of numerous scholarly journals, including Latin American Literary Review. He lives in Hamden, Connecticut.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:189 pages, 9 × 6 × 1 inPublished:May 1, 2011Publisher:University Of Texas PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0292728948

ISBN - 13:9780292728943

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Table of Contents

Preface and AcknowledgmentsIntroduction. From Testimonial Narrative to the New Sentimental Novel: Barnet and PoniatowskaChapter 1. Patriotic Passion: Isabel Allende's Of Love and ShadowsChapter 2. Love or Friendship?: Tarzan's Tonsillitis by Alfredo Bryce EcheniqueChapter 3. Journey Back to the Source of Love: García Márquez's Of Love and Other DemonsChapter 4. Recipes for Romance: Laura Esquivel, Luis Sepúlveda, and Marcela SerranoChapter 5. The Importance of Being Sentimental: Antonio Skármeta's Love-Fifteen and Luis Rafael Sánchez's La importancia de llamarse Daniel SantosAppendixNotesBibliography of Works Cited

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A masterly, path-breaking discussion of an important trend, concentrating on an intelligent and pertinent selection of texts. - César A. Salgado, Associate Professor of Spanish and Portuguese, University of Texas at Austin