The Spanish American Regional Novel
Modernity and Autochthony
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Spanish American Regional Novel by Carlos J. Alonso
Book DescriptionCarlos Alonso's study provides a radical re-examination of the novela de la tierra or regional novel, which plays a central part in the development of Latin American fiction in the first half of the twentieth century. He identifies the regional novel as a specific literary manifestation of the persistent meditation on cultural authochthony that has characterized Latin American cultural production from its beginnings, and which in his view springs from Latin America's problematic relationship with Modernity. He proposes a view of the autochthonous as a discourse rather than a referent. Professor Alonso presents his argument through challenging readings of three works that are universally acknowledged as archetypes of the autochthonous modality: Rivera's La voragine, Gallegos's Dona Barbara and Guiraldes's Don Segundo Sombra.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521372107
(228mm x 152mm x 16mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 24-Nov-1989
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Carlos J. Alonso
Julio Cortazar, Paperback (March 2011)
A 1998 collection of essays on the Argentine writer Julio Cortazar.
Spanish American Regional Novel, Paperback (June 2008)
Carlos Alonso's study provides a radical re-examination of the novela de la tierra or regional novel.
Burden of Modernity, Hardback (October 1998)» View all books by Carlos J. Alonso
An interpretation of cultural discourse in Spanish America which argues that Spanish American cultural production is marked by an internal rhetoric crisis that resulted from the adoption of discourses regarded as modern in historical and economic circumstances that are, in fact, the negation of modernity.
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