The Colombian Political Novel 1951-1987: A Critical Contribution by Alvaro Quiroga-CifuentesThe Colombian Political Novel 1951-1987: A Critical Contribution by Alvaro Quiroga-Cifuentes

The Colombian Political Novel 1951-1987: A Critical Contribution

byAlvaro Quiroga-Cifuentes

Paperback | September 29, 2015

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This book explores the environment and cultural context of Colombian political novels published between 1951 and 1987. Challenging the label of «novelas de la violencia», the author analyses them as products of their own historical time and takes into account their broader implications, such as their representation of the society they narrate. These novels are shown to be the product of political and ideological issues: the real preoccupations of the writers were the balance of power, social dysfunctionality and the need for reform in a society transitioning from rural to urban. These issues are traced in a close reading of representative novels, in which feature letrados and intellectuals and their role in the evolution of society, culture, literature and power in twentieth-century Colombia. With its critical-theoretical approach, this book constitutes a significant and innovative contribution to the debate on Latin American culture and literature.
Alvaro Quiroga-Cifuentes holds a PhD in Latin American Studies from University College London, a master’s degree in the Analysis of Politics, Economics and International Relations and a Licenciado in Philosophy and Literature. For his work as a cultural journalist for the Colombian newspaper El Espectador, where he maintained a book re...
Title:The Colombian Political Novel 1951-1987: A Critical ContributionFormat:PaperbackDimensions:8.86 × 5.91 × 0.68 inPublished:September 29, 2015Publisher:Peter Lang AG, Internationaler Verlag der WissenschaftenLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:3034319789

ISBN - 13:9783034319782


Table of Contents

Contents: The Context of Politics and Ideology of Bipartisanism and the Colombian Novel 1951-1987 – The Politics and Ideology of Bipartisanism, Populism and Anticommunism – The Politics and Ideology of Local Networks, Landownership and Resistance – The Politics and Ideology of Contradiction and Memory – The Politics and Ideology of «Letrados» and Utopia.

Editorial Reviews

«Auf einer breiten Kenntnis der einschlägigen Literatur und anhand eines plausiblen Samples kolumbianischer Romane gelingt es der vorliegenden Studie, einen guten Beitrag zur notwendigen kritischen Diskussion über kolumbianische Literatur zu liefern.»
(Till Kinzel, IFB 24 (2016),4[02])