The Contemporary Spanish-American Novel: Bolano and After

Author(s): Will H. Corral

Literary theory

The Contemporary Spanish-American Novel provides an accessible introduction to an important World literature. While many of the authors covered - Aira, Bolano, Castellanos Moya, Vasquez - are gaining an increasing readership in English and are frequently taught, there is sparse criticism in English beyond book reviews. This book provides the guidance necessary for a more sophisticated and contextualized understanding of these authors and their works. Underestimated or unfamiliar Spanish American novels and novelists are introduced through conceptually rigorous essays. Sections on each writer include: *the author's reception in their native country, Spanish America, and Spain *biographical history *a critical examination of their work, including key themes and conceptual concerns *translation history *scholarly reception The Contemporary Spanish-American Novel offers an authoritative guide to a rich and varied novelistic tradition. It covers all demographic areas, including United States Latino authors, in exploring the diversity of this literature and its major themes, such as exile, migration, and gender representation.


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A comprehensive introduction and guide to new Spanish-American novels and novelists.

What has been happening in Latin American fiction in recent years? A very full answer is provided in this invaluable book. The combination of regional overviews (by the editors) and author essays (by a variety of critics, including the editors) brings the reader up-to-date, especially the English-only reader. Most of the novels discussed here have not been translated into English - and the few that have only spottily reviewed - which makes this book a revelation for those of us north of the border interested in new developments in the novel. The Contemporary Spanish-American Novel belongs in all academic libraries. -- Steven Moore, author of The Novel: An Alternative History This book sheds light on our knowledge of contemporary Latin American narrative, which is already entering the twenty-first century with great vitality and innovativeness. Through its pages we can understand what is new and original, the authors who have arrived and stayed. A serious and well- thought study. -- Sergio Ramirez, author of Margarita, How Beautiful the Sea Picking up the story of the Spanish-American novel from after the Boom, this book has everything you could ever want to know about McOndites, Crackites, Donositos, Bolanites, urban neorealism, desert storytellers, sicaresque narratives, all dizzying, shifting parts in what is inarguably the most vibrant body of writing in the Americas today. -- Siddhartha Deb, author of The Beautiful and the Damned: A Portrait of the New India

Will H. Corral has taught at Stanford and the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. He is the author of recent books on the Latin American novel, Bolano, and Vargas Llosa, and co-author of the seminal Theory's Empire. Juan E. De Castro is an Associate Professor in Literary Studies at Eugene Lang College, The New School for Liberal Arts, New York, USA, where he teaches courses in Latin American, Latino, Peninsular, and Inter-American literature. He has published articles in MLN, Latin American Research Review, and Aztlan, among other journals. He is the author of three books, the most recent of which is Mario Vargas Llosa: Public Intellectual in Neoliberal Latin America (2011). Nicholas Birns is Associate Teaching Professor at Eugene Lang College, the New School for Liberal Arts, New York, USA, where he concentrates in general humanities, fiction in English from 1700 as well as literary theory. His books include Understanding Anthony Powell (2004), the co-edited Companion To Australian Fiction since 1900 (2007). The latter was named a CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title for 2008. He is also the author of Theory After Theory (2010), Willa Cather: Critical Insights (2011) and Vargas Llosa and Latin American Politics, co-ed. Juan E. de Castro. He has published essays and reviews in The New York Times Book Review, the Australian Literary Review, the Australian Book Review, Arizona Quarterly, and Exemplaria; Studies in Romanticism, Symbiosis, College Literature, and European Romantic Review.

General Introduction I. MEXICO: Introduction Mario Bellatin (Mexico, 1960) Alvaro Enrigue (Mexico, 1969) Ana Garcia Bergua (Mexico, 1960) Guadalupe Nettel (Mexico, 1973) Ignacio Padilla (Mexico, 1968) Pedro Angel Palou (Mexico, 1966) Cristina Rivera Garza (Mexico, 1964) Daniel Sada (Mexico, 1953-2011) Enrique Serna (Mexico, 1959) Eloy Urroz (Mexico, 1967) Xavier Velasco (Mexico, 1964) Juan Villoro (Mexico City, 1956) Jorge Volpi (Mexico, 1968) Heriberto Yepez (Mexico, 1974) II. CENTRAL AMERICA: Introduction Dorelia Barahona (Costa Rica, 1959) Horacio Castellanos Moya (Honduras, 1957) Carlos Cortes (Costa Rica, 1962) Jacinta Escudos (El Salvador, 1961) Rodrigo Rey Rosa (Guatemala, 1958) III. HISPANOPHONE CARIBBEAN: Introduction Juan Carlos Chirinos (Venezuela, 1967) Pedro Juan Gutierrez (Cuba, 1950) Rita Indiana Hernandez (Dominican Republic, 1977) Luis Lopez Nieves (Puerto Rico, 1950) Juan Carlos Mendez Guedez (Venezuela, 1967) Mayra Montero (Cuba, 1952) Leonardo Padura Fuentes (Cuba, 1955) Antonio Jose Ponte (Cuba, 1964) Ena Lucia Portela (Cuba, 1972) Mayra Santos Febres (Puerto Rico, 1966) Karla Suarez (Cuba, 1969) Zoe Valdes (1959) Pedro Antonio Valdez (Dominican Republic, 1968) IV. GREATER ANDEAN REGION: Introduction Hector Abad Faciolince (Colombia, 1958) Jorge Eduardo Benavides (Peru, 1964) Diego Cornejo Menacho (Ecuador, 1949) Alonso Cueto Caballero (Peru, 1954) Jorge Franco Ramos (Colombia, 1962) Santiago Gamboa (Bogota, 1965) Edmundo Paz Soldan (Bolivia, 1967) Laura Restrepo (1950) Santiago Roncagliolo (Peru, 1975) Ivan Thays (Lima, 1968) Leonardo Valencia (Ecuador, 1969) Juan Gabriel Vasquez (Colombia, 1973) V. SOUTHERN CONE: Introduction Cesar Aira (Argentina, 1949) Alvaro Bisama Mayne (Chile, 1975) Roberto Bolano (Chile, 1953-2003) Leopoldo Brizuela (Argentina, 1963) Marcelo Cohen (Argentina, 1951) Diamela Eltit (Chile, 1949) Arturo Fontaine Talavera (Chile, 1952) Carlos Franz (Chile, 1959) Rodrigo Fresan (Argentina, 1963) Alberto Fuguet (Chile, 1964) Beatriz Garcia Huidobro (Chile, 1959) Sergio Gomez (Chile, 1962) Pedro Lemebel (Chile, 1955) Guillermo Martinez (Argentina, 1962) Andres Neuman (Argentina, 1977) Pola Oloixarac (Argentina, 1977) Alan Pauls (Argentina 1959) Patricio Pron (Argentina, 1975) Alejandro Zambra (Chile, 1975) VI. UNITED STATES LATINO NOVELISTS: Introduction Daniel Alarcon (Peru/USA, 1977) Junot Diaz (Dominican Republic/USA, 1968) Jaime Manrique (Colombia, 1949) Judith Ortiz Cofer (Puerto Rico, 1952) Ernesto Quinonez (Ecuador/USA, 1966) Editors Contributors Index

General Fields

  • : 9781441142597
  • : Continuum Publishing Corporation
  • : Continuum Publishing Corporation
  • : October 2013
  • : books

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  • : Will H. Corral
  • : Paperback
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