A World in Words, A Life in Texts

Revisiting Latin American Cultural Heritage – Festschrift in Honour of Peter R. Beardsell

by Victoria Carpenter (Volume editor)
©2011 Others VI, 240 Pages


This volume presents a number of close readings of Latin American literary and cultural phenomena. The overarching theme of the collection is the revision of the accepted view of Latin American national identities as represented in twentieth-century Latin American literature and culture. The book examines the complexity of national identities forged among political crises, economic upheaval and intercultural influences.
The essays included here focus upon internal contradictions of national identity and the factors contributing to this discord. Among these are the nature of the Latin American intellectual, Latin American modernity and exile, and the psychological underpinning of the re-creation of history. Some of the chapters challenge the existing theoretical framework for Latin American literary analysis by employing non-literary theories to analyse hitherto overlooked textual anomalies.
The book is a Festschrift for Professor Peter R. Beardsell, reflecting the importance of his contribution to Latin American literary and cultural studies.


VI, 240
ISBN (Softcover)
Publication date
2011 (August)
Peter Beardsell Latin American literature and culture national identities Latin American cultural heritage
Oxford, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, New York, Wien, 2011. VI, 240 pp., 1 ill., num. tables

Biographical notes

Victoria Carpenter (Volume editor)

Victoria Carpenter is Reader in Latin American Studies at the University of Derby. Her recent publications include the edited volumes (Re)Collecting the Past: History and Collective Memory in Latin American Narrative (Peter Lang, 2010) and A World Torn Apart: Representations of Violence in Latin American Narrative (Peter Lang, 2007). She edited the special section ‘Tlatelolco 1968 in Contemporary Mexican Literature’ in the Bulletin of Latin American Research and has published 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.


Title: A World in Words, A Life in Texts