Wonder and Exile in the New World by Alex NavaWonder and Exile in the New World by Alex Nava

Wonder and Exile in the New World

byAlex Nava

Paperback | June 21, 2013

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In Wonder and Exile in the New World, Alex Nava explores the border regions between wonder and exile, particularly in relation to the New World. It traces the preoccupation with the concept of wonder in the history of the Americas, beginning with the first European encounters, goes on to investigate later representations in the Baroque age, and ultimately enters the twentieth century with the emergence of so-called magical realism. In telling the story of wonder in the New World, Nava gives special attention to the part it played in the history of violence and exile, either as a force that supported and reinforced the Conquest or as a voice of resistance and decolonization.

Focusing on the work of New World explorers, writers, and poets—and their literary descendants—Nava finds that wonder and exile have been two of the most significant metaphors within Latin American cultural, literary, and religious representations. Beginning with the period of the Conquest, especially with Cabeza de Vaca and Las Casas, continuing through the Baroque with Cervantes and Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, and moving into the twentieth century with Alejo Carpentier and Miguel Ángel Asturias, Nava produces a historical study of Latin American narrative in which religious and theological perspectives figure prominently.

Alex Nava is Associate Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Arizona. Alex Nava is Associate Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Arizona.
Title:Wonder and Exile in the New WorldFormat:PaperbackDimensions:240 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.67 inPublished:June 21, 2013Publisher:Penn State University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:027105994X

ISBN - 13:9780271059945

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Table of Contents



List of Abbreviations


1 Wonder and Exile: Mystical and Prophetic Perspectives

2 Wanderers and Wonderers in the New World: Voices of the Dispossessed

3 The Hidden God of the Baroque: Baroque Wonders, Baroque Tragedies

4 Baroque Artists in Exile: Cervantes and Sor Juana

5 Mysticism and the Marvelous in Latin American Literature





Editorial Reviews

“Alex Nava traces the multiple and inextricable operations of wonder—awe and puzzlement, marvel and mystery, exuberance and exile—in Spain and Latin America over almost five centuries. Wonder is historicized, beginning with European wonderment at unknown territories and peoples in the Americas, moving to the very different kinds of wonderment in Cervantes and Sor Juana, and arriving at the magical realism of our own time. The Baroque and New World Baroque overarch this far-reaching study, underpin its comparative cultural insights, and amplify our own sense of wonder at the dimensions of our shared experience.”—Lois Parkinson Zamora, University of Houston