Proceed with Caution, When Engaged by Minority Writing in the Americas
By (author) Doris Sommer
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Proceed with Caution, When Engaged by Minority Writing in the Americas by Doris Sommer
Book DescriptionEducated readers naturally feel entitled to know what they're reading - often, if they try hard enough, to know it with the conspiratorial intimacy of a potential partner. This text reminds the reader that cultural differences may in fact make them targets of a text, not its co-conspirators. Some literature, especially culturally particular or "minority" literature, actually uses differences and distances to redirect our desire for intimacy towards more cautious, respectful engagements. To name these figures of cultural discontinuity - to describe a rhetoric of particularism in the Americas - is the purpose of this text. In a series of forays, from 17th-century Inca Garcilaso de la Vaga to Julio Cortazar and Mario Vega Llosa, Doris Sommer shows how ethnically marked texts use enticing and frustrating language games to keep readers engaged with difference: Gloria Estefan's syncopated appeal to solidarity with Whiutman's undifferentiated ideal; unrequitable seductions echo through Rigoberta Menchu's protestations of secrecty; Toni Morrison's interrupted confession; and the rebuffs in a Mexican testimonial novel. In these and other examples, Sommer trains the reader to notice the signs that affirm a respectful distance as a condition of political fairness and aesthetic effect - warnings that will be audible once rhetoric and particularism is listened for.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780674536609
(235mm x 155mm x 20mm)
Imprint: Harvard University Press
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publish Date: 20-Jul-1999
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Doris Sommer
Work of Art in the World, Paperback (January 2014)
The Work of Art in the World offers a celebration of socially engaged art that develops momentum and meaning as it circulates through society and an impassioned call for citizens to collaborate in the co-creation of a more just and more beautiful world.
Cultural Agents and Creative Arts, Paperback (July 2010)
When youth engage in creative arts, they become authors of new works and experience the possibilities of exercising the power of their own creative and critical thinking. Art is ?symbolic destruction?; it provides constructive outlets for normal aggressivity and vehicles for exploring the world.
Bilingual Games, Paperback (January 2003)
Sommer invites distinguished writers to examine the fundamental difference it makes to play games between languages. The focus of this volume is the Americas, but examples and theoretical proposals come from Europe, too.
Amalia, Paperback (May 2001)» View all books by Doris Sommer
In this text Marmol recounts the story of Eduardo and Amalia who fall in love while he is hiding in her home. Amalia and her cousin Daniel protect him from persectution, but can the couple escape to safety before they are discovered?
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Author Biography - Doris Sommer
Doris Sommer is Professor of Romance Languages at Harvard University.
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