Mexican Literature: A History by David William FosterMexican Literature: A History by David William Foster

Mexican Literature: A History

EditorDavid William Foster

Paperback | May 16, 2012

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Mexico has a rich literary heritage that extends back over centuries to the Aztec and Mayan civilizations. This major reference work surveys more than five hundred years of Mexican literature from a sociocultural perspective. More than merely a catalog of names and titles, it examines in detail the literary phenomena that constitute Mexico's most significant and original contributions to literature.

Recognizing that no one scholar can authoritatively cover so much territory, David William Foster has assembled a group of specialists, some of them younger scholars who write from emerging trends in Latin American and Mexican literary scholarship. The topics they discuss include pre-Columbian indigenous writing (Joanna O'Connell), Colonial literature (Lee H. Dowling), Romanticism (Margarita Vargas), nineteenth-century prose fiction (Mario Martín Flores), Modernism (Bart L. Lewis), major twentieth-century genres (narrative, Lanin A. Gyurko; poetry, Adriana García; theater, Kirsten F. Nigro), the essay (Martin S. Stabb), literary criticism (Daniel Altamiranda), and literary journals (Luis Peña). Each essay offers detailed analysis of significant issues and major texts and includes an annotated bibliography of important critical sources and reference works.

David William Foster is Regents' Professor of Spanish at Arizona State University.
Title:Mexican Literature: A HistoryFormat:PaperbackDimensions:470 pages, 9 × 6 × 1 inPublished:May 16, 2012Publisher:University Of Texas PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0292744803

ISBN - 13:9780292744806


Table of Contents

  • Preface (David William Foster)
  • 1. Pre-Columbian Literatures (Joanna O’Connell)
  • 2. The Colonial Period (Lee H. Dowling)
  • 3. Romanticism (Margarita Vargas)
  • 4. Nineteenth-Century Prose Fiction (Mario Martín-Flores)
  • 5. Modernism (Bart L. Lewis)
  • 6. Twentieth-Century Poetry (Adriana García)
  • 7. Twentieth-Century Theater (Kirsten F. Nigro)
  • 8. Twentieth-Century Fiction (Lanin A. Gyurko)
  • 9. The Essay (Martin S. Stabb)
  • 10. Literary Theory and Criticism (Daniel Altamiranda)
  • 11. Literary Reviews: A Bibliographical Essay (Luis H. Peña)
  • 12. Mexican and Mexican American Literary Relations (Manuel de Jesús Hernández-Gutiérrez)
  • Index

Editorial Reviews

"Prior to the publication of the present volume, surprisingly few first-rate overviews of Mexican literature were available to students and scholars. Now those seeking to enhance their knowledge of the various centuries and genres of Mexican letters have an excellent source at hand. . . . David William Foster is to be commended for having edited an extremely useful volume on a broad and fascinating subject." - World Literature Today