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Latin American Narratives and Cultural Identity

Selected Readings


Irene Maria F. Blayer and Mark Anderson

This book presents a selection of fourteen provocative and unique essays bringing together the views of exciting new scholarship on narratives and cultural identity in Latin America. In so doing, it balances theory, methodology, and description. The offerings in this volume deliver a clarion mix of original voices and cutting-edge approaches to the exploration of the topics, which reflect diverse perspectives on Latin American culture and literature. The contributions feature analyses of Latin American oral tradition, cultural identity, memory construction, storytelling, literary truth-claims, myth, autobiography, cultural policy and history, folk art and cinema.
Contents: Irene Maria F. Blayer/Mark Cronlund Anderson: Introduction – Mario J. Valdés: Story-Telling and Cultural Identity in Latin America – Daniel F. Chamberlain: The Mexican Corrido: Identity Configurations, Time, and Truth Claims – Martha J. Nandorfy: Two Radical Storytellers for the Young (and) Old – Stephen Henighan: History after History’s End: Cultural Reconstruction in Margarita, está linda la mar – Yvonne S. Unnold: Narratives of Trauma from the Southern Cone – Elizabeth Monasterios: Rethinking Transculturation and Hybridity: An Andean Perspective – Elena M. De Costa: Metaphoric Narration in Mesoamerican Tradition – Jerome Branche: The Dreadren and the Message: Of Martyrdom and Mythopoiesis in Caribbean Literature – Diana Ramassamy: Créole, culture et oralité aux Antilles françaises – Cristina Santos: Clarice Lispector’s A Hora da Estrela: Through the Lens of Suzana Amaral – Marie Chompré Sautron: Métamorphose volatile de l’âme du guerrier: une croyance mythique dans le Mexique ancien – Vanderci De Andrade Aguilera: O baetatá existe realmente? – Laura Llull: El mito de la conspiración en el imaginario político de los periódicos de Bahía Blanca (Provincia de Buenos Aires) durante el primer gobierno radical (1916-1922) – Maria L. Figueredo: The Legend of La Llorona: Excavating and (Re)Interpreting the Archetype of the Creative/Fertile Feminine Force.