Do the Americas Have a Common Literature?
Duke University Press, 1990 - 394 páginas
This volume takes an important step toward the discovery of a common critical heritage that joins the diverse literatures of North America and Latin America. Traditionally, literary criticism has treated the literature of the Americas as “New World” literature, examining it in relation to its “Old World”—usually European—counterparts. This collection of essays redirects the Eurocentric focus of earlier scholarship and identifies a distinctive pan-American consciousness.
The essays here place the literature of the Americas in a hemispheric context by drawing on approaches derived from various schools of contemporary critical thought—Marxism, feminism, culture studies, semiotics, reception aesthetics, and poststructuralism. As part of their search for a distinctly New World literary idiom, the contributors engage not only the major North American and Spanish American writers, but also such “marginal” or “minor” literatures as Chicano, African American, Brazilian, and Québecois. In identifying areas of agreement and confluence, this work lays the groundwork for finding historical, ideological, and cultural homogeneity in the imaginative writing of the Americas.
Contributors. Lois Parkinson Zamora, David T. Haberly, José David Saldívar, Antonio Benítez-Rojo, José Piedra, Doris Sommer, Enrico Mario Santí, Eduardo González, John Irwin, Wendy B. Faris, René Prieto, Jonathan Monroe, Gustavo Pérez Firmat
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Whitman had in fact come to poets like Dario and Vasseur indirectly since they
could not read him in the original English; they relied on foreign sources, mostly
France, where, as Betsy Erkkila has recently shown, Whitman had an immense ...
Inasmuch as Lonnrot's search for God's "Secret Name" (75) at the fourth point of
the quadrangle symbolizes this quest for an original undivided one, it is
significant that the Tetragrammaton, "God's unspeakable name" (68), has the
between these two texts, the reason for passage from the old to the new order in
Carpentier is not primarily greed associated with original sin, as it is in part in
Faulkner (although we do get glimpses of greedy miners in the jungle, who bode
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