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Framing Roberto Bolaño
Poetry, Fiction, Literary History, Politics

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  • Publication planned for: November 2019
  • availability: Not yet published - available from November 2019
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781108498258

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  • Poetry, fiction, literary history, and politics. These four cornerstone concerns of Roberto Bolaño's work have established him as a representative, generational figure in not only Chile, Mexico, and Spain, the three principal locations of his life and work, but throughout Europe and the Americas, increasingly on a global scale. At the heart of Bolaño's 'poemas-novela', his poet- and poetry-centered novels, is the history and legacy of the prose poem. Challenging the policing of boundaries between verse and prose, poetry and fiction, the literary and the non-literary, the aesthetic and the political, his prose poem novels offer a sustained literary history by other means, a pivotal intervention that restores poetry and literature to full capacity. Framing Roberto Bolaño is one of the first books to trace the full arc and development of Bolaño's work from the beginning to the end of his career.

    • Offers an original approach to Bolaño's poet- and poetry-centered novels focused on the prose poem's sustained, integral role in their development
    • Argues the importance of poetry, fiction, literary history, and politics for an understanding of the scope and scale of Bolaño's achievement
    • Contributes to an expanded understanding of Bolaño's importance as a writer beyond the Latin American context, situating himself within the larger contexts of both hemispheric studies and world literature
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    'Jonathan Monroe’s excellent monograph offers an original take that combines the best of close reading with theoretical reflection. The author explores Bolaño’s broad-ranging literary culture with great success. He offers a detailed portrait not just of a writer, but of a reader. This is, in short, a significant contribution that will appeal to anyone who wants to understand the whole of Bolaño’s oeuvre.' Héctor Hoyos, Stanford University, California

    'Eye-opening and unique, Framing Roberto Bolaño is a brilliant, comparative study of literary genres through the analysis of Bolaño’s oeuvre. Tracing the evolution of Bolaño’s writing from the minimal (the anti-narrative prose poems in Antwerp) to the maximal (the monumental 2666), it contextualizes Bolaño’s understanding of western literary history and politics, as well as his attitude toward readers and critics. Monroe’s erudite familiarity with American and European as well as Latin American literature facilitates the insightful identification of important literary influences, leitmotifs, and themes in Bolaño’s works. Revealing Bolaño’s itinerary as a voracious reader, the book contextualizes his literature, and, along the way, defends its canonicity and importance in the World’s Republic of Letters. An amazing research effort, with many innovative and original insights into a literature that seemed to have reached its limits for future literary analysis, it will be of interest to students and professors in Latin American and Western literature.' Ignacio Lópoez-Calvo, University of California, Merced

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    • Publication planned for: November 2019
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781108498258
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 mm
    • availability: Not yet published - available from November 2019
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction: unpacking Bolaño's library
    Part I:
    1. 'Undisciplined writing' Antwerp (Amberes)
    2. Poetry as symptom and cure Monsieur Pain
    3. The novel's regimes made visible in the Third Reich (El Tercer Reich)
    Part II:
    4. Poetry at the ends of its lines the unknown university (La universidad desconocida) Nazi literature in the Americas (La literatura nazi en América)
    5. Post-avant histories distant star (Estrella distante)
    Part III:
    6. Dismantling narrative drive the savage detectives (Los detectives salvajes)
    7. Making visible the 'non-power' of poetry Amulet (Amuleto)
    8. Poetry, politics, critique by night in Chile (Nocturno de Chile)
    Part IV:
    9. Literary taxonomies after the wall woes of the true policeman (Los sinsabores del verdadero policía)
    10. 'What a relief to give up literature' 2666
    Conclusion: from the known to the unknown university.

  • Author

    Jonathan Beck Monroe, Cornell University, New York
    Jonathan Beck Monroe is a former German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and American Council for Learned Societies (ACLS) Fellow and member of the IIEE's national Fulbright selection committee. He is the author of A Poverty of Objects: The Prose Poem and the Politics of Genre (1987) and Demosthenes' Legacy (2009), a book of prose poems and short fiction. Co-author and editor of Writing and Revising the Disciplines (2002), Local Knowledges, Local Practices: Writing in the Disciplines at Cornell (2006), Poetry, Community, Movement (1996), and Poetics of Avant-Garde Poetries (2000). He has published widely on questions of genre, writing and disciplinary practices, innovative poetries of the past two centuries, and avant-garde movements and their contemporary legacies.

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