The Twentieth-century Spanish American Novel

Paperback | March 1, 2005

byRaymond Leslie Williams

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Spanish American novels of the Boom period (1962-1967) attracted a world readership to Latin American literature, but Latin American writers had already been engaging in the modernist experiments of their North American and European counterparts since the turn of the twentieth century. Indeed, the desire to be "modern" is a constant preoccupation in twentieth-century Spanish American literature and thus a very useful lens through which to view the century's novels.

In this pathfinding study, Raymond L. Williams offers the first complete analytical and critical overview of the Spanish American novel throughout the entire twentieth century. Using the desire to be modern as his organizing principle, he divides the century's novels into five periods and discusses the differing forms that "the modern" took in each era. For each period, Williams begins with a broad overview of many novels, literary contexts, and some cultural debates, followed by new readings of both canonical and significant non-canonical novels. A special feature of this book is its emphasis on women writers and other previously ignored and/or marginalized authors, including experimental and gay writers. Williams also clarifies the legacy of the Boom, the Postboom, and the Postmodern as he introduces new writers and new novelistic trends of the 1990s.

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Spanish American novels of the Boom period (1962-1967) attracted a world readership to Latin American literature, but Latin American writers had already been engaging in the modernist experiments of their North American and European counterparts since the turn of the twentieth century. Indeed, the desire to be "modern" is a constant pr...

Raymond Leslie Williams is Professor of Latin American Literature at the University of California, Riverside. His previous publications include The Writings of Carlos Fuentes, The Postmodern Novel in Latin America, and The Colombian Novel, 1844–1987.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:280 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.75 inPublished:March 1, 2005Publisher:University Of Texas PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0292706707

ISBN - 13:9780292706705

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PrefacePart I The Literary Tradition and Modern Science, 1900-1921Chapter 1. Novelistic and Cultural Contexts at the Turn of the CenturyChapter 2. Rereading Spanish American ClassicsPart II Traditional and Modernist Aesthetics, 1922-1940Chapter 3. Novelistic and Cultural Contexts in the 1920s and 1930sChapter 4. Rereading Spanish American Criollista ClassicsChapter 5. Rereading Novels of VanguardiaPart III The Rise of the Modernist Novel, 1941-1961Chapter 6. Novelistic and Cultural Contexts of Latin American Modernism Chapter 7. Rereading Spanish American Modernist NovelsPart IV Modern and Cosmopolitan Works, 1962-1967 Chapter 8. Novels and Contexts of the Boom and BeyondChapter 9. Rereading Novels of the BoomChapter 10. Rereading the Spanish American Novel beyond the BoomPart V Toward a Postboom, Feminist, and Postmodern Novel, 1968-1999Chapter 11. Novelistic and Cultural Contexts in the 1970s and 1980sChapter 12. Rereading the Spanish American Novel of the 1970s and 1980sChapter 13. Modern, Postmodern, and Transnational: The Latin American Novel in the 1990sNotesBibliography

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Spanish American novels of the Boom period (1962–1967) attracted a world readership to Latin American literature, but Latin American writers had already been engaging in the modernist experiments of their North American and European counterparts since the turn of the twentieth century. Indeed, the desire to be "modern" is a constant preoccupation in twentieth-century Spanish American literature and thus a very useful lens through which to view the century’s novels. In this pathfinding study, Raymond L. Williams offers the first complete analytical and critical overview of the Spanish American novel throughout the entire twentieth century. Using the desire to be modern as his organizing principle, he divides the century’s novels into five periods and discusses the differing forms that "the modern" took in each era. For each period, Williams begins with a broad overview of many novels, literary contexts, and some cultural debates, followed by new readings of both canonical and significant non-canonical novels. A special feature of this book is its emphasis on women writers and other previously ignored and/or marginalized authors, including experimental and gay writers. Williams also clarifies the legacy of the Boom, the Postboom, and the Postmodern as he introduces new writers and new novelistic trends of the 1990s.Williams is among the very few scholars who are capable of producing such a sweeping perspective. . . . This study will be useful to specialized and non-specialized readers alike. For the latter, it provides a full grasp of the literary production coming out of Latin America during the entire twentieth century. - Dick Gerdes, Professor of Spanish and Chair of Foreign Languages, University of Las Vegas