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(Re)Collecting the Past

Carpenter, Victoria (ed.)

(Re)Collecting the Past

History and Collective Memory in Latin American Narrative

Series: Hispanic Studies: Culture and Ideas - Volume 31

Year of Publication: 2010

Oxford, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, New York, Wien, 2010. X, 305 pp.
ISBN 978-3-03911-928-8 pb.  (Softcover)

Weight: 0.460 kg, 1.014 lbs

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Book synopsis

This volume addresses the representation of history and collective memory in Latin American literature. The book presents a variety of novel perspectives on the subject, linked by the common themes of the subjectivity of time and history, literature used as a political tool and the representation of marginalized groups.
The collection takes an original approach to viewing national histories as represented in literature by adopting a cross-disciplinary position. While there are other publications addressing some of the issues raised in this collection, this book goes beyond literary representations of history. The essays collected here examine technological, political and social developments as a means of creating, re-structuring and (in some cases) potentially destroying nations.


Contents: Victoria Carpenter: Introduction: (Re)Collecting the Past – Peter Beardsell: Some Thoughts on Quantum Mechanics and the Treatment of the Past in Mexican Theatre – Victoria Carpenter: When Was Tomorrow? Manipulation of Time and Memory in the Works of Mexican Onda – Anna Reid: The Reworking of Conquest in Three Recent Mexican Novels – María de los Ángeles Rodríguez Cadena: Relajo and Melodrama in the Fictional Portrayal of the Mexican Independence of 1810 – Lloyd H. Davies: Tomás Eloy Martínez and the Literary Representation of Peronism: A Tale of Bifurcating Paths? – Niamh Thornton: Being Fruity in the Big City: Re-membering the Past in Enrique Serna’s Fruta verde – Dolores Flores-Silva: Re-Writing of History and Self-Representation in The House on the Lagoon by Rosario Ferré – Amit Thakkar: One Rainy Market Day: ‘Integration’ and the Indigenous Community in the Fiction and Thought of Juan Rulfo – Audrey E. García: Mexican Immigration and Popular Culture in El corrido de Dante by Eduardo González Viana – María del Pilar Blanco: Technology and the Making of Memory in José Martí’s Exilic Writing – Silvia G. Kurlat Ares: Science Fiction Utopia as Political Constructio in Angélica Gorodischer.

About the author(s)/editor(s)

The Editor: Victoria Carpenter is a graduate of the University of Central Florida (B.Sc., 1996) and the University of Hull (Ph.D., 2000). She is a Reader in Latin American Studies at the University of Derby. Her recent publications include the edited collection A World Torn Apart: Representations of Violence in Latin American Narrative (Peter Lang, 2007) and a number of articles on modern Mexican literature. She is the editor of the twentieth-century Latin American literature section of The Year’s Work in Modern Language Studies.


Hispanic Studies: Culture and Ideas. Vol. 31
Edited by Claudio Canaparo