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The Catastrophe of Modernity: Tragedy and the Nation in Latin American Literature

Dove, Patrick

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ISBN 10: 0838755615 / ISBN 13: 9780838755617
Published by Bucknell University, Lewisburg, PA, 2004
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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Hardcover with textured black paper over boards and gilt titles to spine, in brown and white jacket with detail from Manuel Alvarez Bravo photo to front, 8vo. 301pp. Index, bibliography, endnotes. Fine/Fine. Book and jacket are as new: bright, tight, sharp and unmarked. Jacket in Brodart. Neither remainder nor ex-lib. Bookseller Inventory # 015390

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Title: The Catastrophe of Modernity: Tragedy and ...

Publisher: Bucknell University, Lewisburg, PA

Publication Date: 2004

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

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This work examines four Latin American writers - Jorge Luis Borges, Juan Rulfo, Cesar Vallejo, and Ricardo Piglia - in the context of their respective national cultural traditions. The author proposes that a consideration of tragedy affords new ways of understanding the relation between literature and the modern Latin American nation-state. As an interpretive index, this tragic attunement sheds new light on both the foundational works of modern Latin American literature and the counter-foundational literary critiques of modernization and nation-building. Topics include Borges's short story "El Sur" in relation to the Argentine "civilization and barbarism" debate, Juan Rulfo's novella Pedro Paramo in the context of post-revolutionary reflection on national identity in Mexico, and the lyric poetry of Cesar Vellajo's Trilce. The reading is based on a juxtaposition of aporetically incompatible terms: mourning, the avant-garde, and Andean indigenism or messianism. The final section of the book investigates two novels by Ricardo Piglia, Respiracion artificial and La ciudad ausente, in the dual context of dictatorship and the market. Piglia's writing both echoes and marks a limit for tragedy as an interpretive paradigm. Patrick Dove is Visiting Professor of Spanish at St. Mary's College of Maryland.

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Patrick Dove is Assistant Professor of Latin American Literature and Culture at Indiana University. His work focuses on connections between literature, culture, and contemporary theory in the Southern Cone, Mexico, and and Perú. His current research investigates the implication of "transition" (in its political, economic, and epistemological configurations) for literature and other forms of cultural production.

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