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The Spanish American Regional Novel
Modernity and Autochthony

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Part of Cambridge Studies in Latin American and Iberian Literature

  • Date Published: November 1989
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521372107

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  • This is a radical reexamination of the regional novel, which plays a central part in the development of Latin American fiction in the first half of the twentieth century. 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' Dona Barbara, and Guiraldes' Don Segundo Sombra. He proposes a new view of the autochthonous as a discourse rather than a referent, this discourse being organized by the three intertwined categories of language, geography, and work.

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    "Alonso reexamines a category of Latin American fiction all but explained away in the past. He justifies...this category with arguments that by far surpass, both in intelligence and ingenuity, anything written on the subject before him...This is a very original, highly stimulating book." Sylvia Molloy, Yale University

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    Product details

    • Date Published: November 1989
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521372107
    • length: 224 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 x 23 mm
    • weight: 0.5kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. The exoticism of the autochthonous
    2. The novela de la tierra
    3. Don Segundo Sombra
    4. Dona Barbara
    5. La voragine
    6. Epilogue

  • Author

    Carlos J. Alonso, Columbia University, New York

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