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Journeys of Formation

The Spanish American "Bildungsroman</I>

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Yolanda A. Doub

Ideal for students of modern Latin American literature, Journeys of Formation: The Spanish American ‘Bildungsroman’ offers a lucid introduction to the Bildungsroman as a genre before revealing how the journey motif works as both a plot-forming device and as a means of characterization in several of the most canonical Spanish American Bildungsromane. In the process, the author demonstrates the overlooked importance of the travel motif in this genre. Although present in the vast majority of Bildungsromane, if the journey is discussed at all by critics it tends to be in superficial terms. The author contends that no discussion of the Spanish American novel of formation would be complete without an exploration of travel. Yolanda A. Doub articulates the role of travel as a catalyst in the formation process of young male and female protagonists by examining in detail six representative novels from three different countries and time periods – from Argentina: Ricardo Güiraldes’s Don Segundo Sombra (1926) and Roberto Arlt’s El juguete rabioso (1926); from Peru: José María Arguedas’s Los ríos profundos (1958) and Julio Ramón Ribeyro’s Crónica de San Gabriel (1960); and from Mexico: Rosario Castellanos’s Balún Canán (1957) and Elena Poniatowska’s La «Flor de Lis» (1988).

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Acknowledgments......................................................................................... vii Chapter One. Introduction .............................................................................1 Chapter Two. Argentina: Apprentices and Bohemians ........................17 The best of times: Don Segundo Sombra................................................19 “Life’s a bitch”: El juguete rabioso ..........................................................27 Chapter Three. Peru: Nomads and Tourists .............................................43 Search for the lost center: Los ríos profundos .......................................44 On the road to nowhere: Crónica de San Gabriel.................................54 Chapter Four. Mexico: Outcasts and Immigrants....................................67 A vicious circle: Balún Canán .................................................................68 The price of privilege: La “Flor de Lis” .................................................76 Chapter Five. Conclusions............................................................................89 Bibliography ....................................................................................................93 Index ................................................................................................................105

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