Reinventing the Americas: Comparative Studies of Literature of the United States and Spanish America by Bell Gale ChevignyReinventing the Americas: Comparative Studies of Literature of the United States and Spanish America by Bell Gale Chevigny

Reinventing the Americas: Comparative Studies of Literature of the United States and Spanish America

EditorBell Gale Chevigny, Gari Laguardia

Paperback | June 4, 2009

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This volume provides a basis for the comparative study of literature of the United States and Spanish America. Previous studies in comparative literature have stressed the influence of Europe on the United States or on Latin America as the creator of the 'New World'. In this book, the editors argue the necessity of a comparative study of the relation between literatures of North, Central, and South America. The first part looks at literature and the historical imagination; the second section focuses on the voice and vision of women; and the final essays are devoted to perspectives on literary criticism. Together the essays discuss the work of prominent Spanish American novelists such as Pablo Armando Fernandez, Luisa Valensuela, Edmundo Desnoes, Neruda, Paz and Borges as well as writers from the United States including Melville, Whitman, William Carlos Williams and Wallace Stevens.
Title:Reinventing the Americas: Comparative Studies of Literature of the United States and Spanish AmericaFormat:PaperbackDimensions:364 pages, 9.02 × 5.98 × 0.83 inPublished:June 4, 2009Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0521112567

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Table of Contents

Preface; Part I. History and the Literary Imagination: 1. Introduction Gari Laguardia and Bell Gale Chevigny; 2. 'Insatiable Unease': Melville and Carpentier and the search for an American hermeneutic Bell Gale Chevigny; 3. The fiction of national formation: The Indigenista novels of James Fenimore Cooper and Rosario Castellanos Cynthia Steele; 4. Supplying demand: Walt Whitman as the liberal self Doris Sommer; 5. Caliban as poet: Reversing the maps of domination Susan Willis; 6. Mrs Williams's William Carlos Julio Marzan; 7. Dreams of Two Americas Pablo Armando Fernandez; Part II. The Lives and Fictions of American Women: 8. Introduction Bell Gale Chevigny; 9. This life within me won't keep still Electa Arenal; 10. Interview with Margaret Randall Bell Gale Chevigny; 11. An invitation to understanding among poor women of the Americas: The Color Purple and Hasta No verte, Jesus Mio Lisa Davis; 12. The other face of the phallus Luisa Valenzuela; 13. Plotting women: Popular narratives for women in the United States and in Latin America Jean Franco; Part III. Perspectives on Literary Criticism: 14. Introduction Gari Laguardia; 15. Northrop Frye, modern fantasy, centrist liberalism, antimarxism, passing time and other limits of American academic criticism Gene Bell-Villada; 16. Marvelous relaism/marvelous criticsm Gari Laguardia; 17. Bridge over troubled waters Edmundo Desnoes; 18. The poet as critics: Wallace Stevens and Octavio Paz Michael Wood; Index.