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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From the vantage point of the United States, where the dominant view held by
poets and nonpoets, by professional critics and nonreaders of poetry alike, is that
poetry and politics have or should have little or nothing to do with each other, the
The common and the uncommon, the enabling idiom and the disabling cliche,
the line of graffiti and the line of poetry may appear the same or different,
depending on how we use or abuse them. One line typed twenty years ago can
be blazed ...
Cesaire also drew inspiration early in his career from the poets of the Harlem
Renaissance; see especially A. James Arnold, Modernism and Negritude: The
Poetry and Poetics ofAime Cesaire (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1981),
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