Literary Cultures of Latin America : A Comparative History / Mario J. Valdés and Djelal Kadir, Editors

Literary Cultures of Latin America : A Comparative History / Mario J. Valdés and Djelal Kadir, Editors

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Written by an international group of contributors, this monumental three-volume work presents 205 essays comprising critical assessments of a wide variety of Latin American writing from a staunchly contextual standpoint. Volume 1 is on the relation of writing to geography, culture, and social discourse. Among the topics are the writing and culture of areas including the Andean countries, Brazil, and the Amazon; linguistic diversity; writers from the margins, such as poverty, Mayan, Andean indigenous writers, and several essays on women writers; and various types of literature. Volume 2 is devoted to culture and institutions and how these contribute to writing. Essays are included on books and presses, museums, education, literary periodicals, and the writing produced in specific cultural locales, particularly cities. The final volume examines writings from various historic moments and includes such topics as the discourses of modernity, the first encounter of Europeans and the New World, the Baroque gaze, the Brazilian construction of nationalism, and literatures of Mesoamerica. The project, which was ten years in the making, was funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada and the U. of Toronto as part of their Literary History Project, of which Valdés is research director. Kadir teaches comparative literature at Penn State U. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Oxford University Press
In three volumes of expert, innovative scholarship, Literary Cultures of Latin America offers a multidisciplinary reference on one of the most distinctive literary cultures in the world. In topically arranged articles written by a team of international scholars, Literary Cultures of Latin America explores the shifting problems that have arisen across national borders, geographic regions, time periods, linguistic systems, and cultural traditions in literary history.

Bucking the tradition of focusing almost exclusively on the great canons of literature, this unique reference work casts its net wider, exploring pop culture, sermons, scientific essays, and more. While collaborators are careful to note that these volumes offer only a snapshot of the diverse body of Latin American literature, Literary Cultures of Latin America highlights unique cultural perspectives that have never before received academic attention. Comprised of signed articles each with complete bibliographies, this unique reference also takes into account relevant political, anthropological, economic, geographic, historical, demographic, and sociological research in order to understand the full context of each community's literature.

The largest comparative history project in the world with unprecedented, original scholarship, Literary Cultures of Latin America creates a new chapter in cultural history that sets the standard for years to come.

Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Oxford University Press, 2004
ISBN: 9780195126211
Characteristics: 3 v. : ill., maps ; 29 cm
Additional Contributors: Valdés, Mario J.
Kadir, Djelal

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