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Ambiguity and Gender in the New Novel of Brazil and Spanish America: A Comparative Assessment

Payne, Judith A., Fitz, Earl E.

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ISBN 10: 1587293579 / ISBN 13: 9781587293573
Published by University Of Iowa Press, 2005
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Title: Ambiguity and Gender in the New Novel of ...

Publisher: University Of Iowa Press

Publication Date: 2005

Book Condition:As New

Edition: 1st Edition.

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In this first book-length study to compare the new novels of both Spanish America and Brazil, the authors deftly examine the differing perceptions of ambiguity as they apply to questions of gender and the participation of females and males in the establishment of Latin American narrative models. Their daring thesis: the Brazilian new novel developed a more radical form than its better-known Spanish-speaking cousin because it had a significantly different approach to the crucial issues of ambiguity and gender and because so many of its major practitioners were women.As a wise strategy for assessing the canonical new novels from Latin America, the coupling of ambiguity and gender enables Payne and Fitz to discuss how borders--literary, generic, and cultural--are maintained, challenged, or crossed. Their conclusions illuminate the contributions of the new novel in terms of experimental structures and narrative techniques as well as the significant roles of voice, theme, and language. Using Jungian theory and a poststructural optic, the authors also demonstrate how the Latin American new novel faces such universal subjects as myth, time, truth, and reality. Perhaps the most original aspect of their study lies in its analysis of Brazil's strong female tradition. Here, issues such as alternative visions, contrasexuality, self-consciousness, and ontological speculation gain new meaning for the future of the novel in Latin America.With its comparative approach and its many bilingual quotations, a"Ambiguity and Gender in the New Novel of Brazil and Spanish America"aoffers an engaging picture of the marked differences between the literary traditions of Portuguese-speaking and Spanish-speaking America and, thus, new insights into the distinctive mindsets of these linguistic cultures."

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Judith Payne is an assistant professor of Spanish at the University of Victoria. Earl Fitz is a professor of Portuguese, Spanish, and comparative literature at Vanderbilt University.

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