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A World in Words, A Life in Texts

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

Edited By Victoria Carpenter

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.


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Notes on Contributors Victoria Carpenter is a Reader in Latin American Studies at the University of Derby. She specializes in twentieth-century Mexican litera- ture and her interests lie in the application of current scientific theories to the analysis of the works of Mexican Onda of the 1960s. Her publi- cations include collected volumes (Re)Collecting the Past: History and Collective Memory in Latin American Narrative (Oxford: Peter Lang, 2010), A World Torn Apart: Representation of Violence in Latin American Narrative (Oxford: Peter Lang, 2007), a special section ‘Tlatelolco 1968 in Contemporary Mexican Literature’ (Bulletin of Latin American Research, 24:4) and a number of articles on modern Mexican literature. She has pre- sented papers at over fifteen international conferences, including annual SLAS conferences, the International Congress of Americanists (ICA), and the European Council of Latin American Studies (CEISAL). She is the editor of the twentieth-century Latin American literature section in the Year’s Work of Modern Language Studies journal. Lloyd Hughes Davies teaches Spanish American literature at Swansea University. He is the author of Isabel Allende (London: Tamesis, 2000) and of Projections of Peronism in Argentine Autobiography, Biography and Fiction (Cardif f: University of Wales Press, 2007). He has also published several articles on authors such as Juan Carlos Onetti, Manuel Puig, Tomás Eloy Martínez and Laura Restrepo. He is Director of the Centre for Latin American Studies at Swansea (CLASS) and is joint editor of Romance Studies. Christopher Harris (PhD, University of Bristol) is a Lecturer in His-...

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