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A Companion to Latin American Literature


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A Companion to Latin American Literature offers a lively and informative introduction to the most significant literary works produced in Latin America from the fifteenth century until the present day. It shows how the press, and its product the printed word, functioned as the common denominator binding together, in different ways over time, the complex and variable relationship between the writer, the reader and the state. The meandering story of the evolution of Latin American literature - from the letters of discovery written by Christopher Columbus and Vaz de Caminha, via the Republican era at the end of the nineteenth century when writers in Rio de Janeiro as much as in Buenos Aires were beginning to live off their pens as journalists and serial novelists, until the 1960s when writers of the quality of Clarice Lispector in Brazil and García Márquez in Colombia suddenly burst onto the world stage - is traced chronologically in six chapters which introduce the main writers in the main poetry, prose, the novel, drama, and the essay. A final chapter evaluates the post-boom novel, testimonio, Latino and Brazuca literature, gay, Afro-Hispanic and Afro-Brazilian literature, along with the Novel of the New Millennium. This study also offers suggestions for further reading.

STEPHEN M. HART is Professor of Hispanic Studies, University College London, and Profesor Honorario, Universidad de San Marcos, Lima.


[Its] range is extremely impressive. [...] Orients and incites curiosity while mapping an immense terrain. TLS

Highly recommended. CHOICE


First Published: 20 Sep 2007
13 Digit ISBN: 9781855661479
Pages: 348
Size: 23.4 x 15.6
Binding: Hardback
Imprint: Tamesis Books
BIC Class: GTB

Details updated on 05 Oct 2015


  • 1  Introduction: Unpacking the Canon
  • 2  The Amerindian Legacy, and the Literature of Discovery and Conquest
  • 3  Colonial and Viceregal Literature
  • 4  Early Nineteenth-Century Literature
  • 5  Late Nineteenth-Century Literature
  • 6  Early Twentieth-Century Literature
  • 7  Late Twentieth-Century Literature
  • 8  Some Postmodern Developments

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