The Usable Past
The Imagination of History in Recent Fiction of the Americas
By (author) Lois Parkinson Zamora
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Usable Past by Lois Parkinson Zamora
Book DescriptionHow can we know the past? How can we speak of it in literary forms? Why should we want to? Concentrating on the past as both the subject of fiction and as a force for inscribing fiction, The Usable Past traces the ways in which writers self-consciously participate in the construction of an American canon. Successfully linking Latin American and North American fiction, Lois Zamora invokes authors as diverse in origin and manner as Carlos Fuentes and Willa Cather, Jorge Luis Borges and Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Sandra Cisneros and Mario Vargas Llosa to explore issues surrounding colonisation and independence, mestizaje and melting pot, domination and self-determination, and the ambivalence of history in a 'new' world. The Usable Past is an elegant examination of the historical attitudes and literary practices of writers located in American time and space - locations that yield insight into American literary visions and versions of history.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521058094
(228mm x 152mm x 16mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 28-Jan-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Lois Parkinson Zamora
Inordinate Eye, Hardback (August 2006)
Traces the relations of Latin American painting, sculpture, architecture, and literature - the stories they tell each other and the ways in which their creators saw the world and their place in it. This work argues for an integrated understanding of visual and verbal forms.
Usable Past, Hardback (December 1997)
A comparative study of Latin American and North American fiction.
Magical Realism, Paperback (June 1995)
Shows magical realism to be an international movement with a wide-ranging history.
Writing the Apocalypse, Paperback (May 1993)» View all books by Lois Parkinson Zamora
This 1989 book is a comparative literary study of apocalyptic themes and narrative techniques in the contemporary North and Latin American novel.
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