Historical Dictionary of Latin American Literature and by Richard Young, Odile Cisneros

By Richard Young, Odile Cisneros

The historic Dictionary of Latin American Literature and Theater presents clients with an available single-volume reference software protecting Portuguese-speaking Brazil and the sixteen Spanish-speaking international locations of continental Latin the United States (Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay, and Venezuela). Entries for authors, starting from the early colonial interval to the current, supply succinct biographical info and an account of the author's literary creation, with specific awareness to their such a lot well-known works and the place they belong in literary history.

The creation offers a assessment of Latin American literature and theater as an entire whereas separate dictionary entries for every nation supply perception into the background of nationwide literatures. Entries for literary phrases, events, and genres serve to counterpoint those commentaries, and an intensive bibliography issues the best way for extra studying. the great view and special info received from these kind of components will make this ebook of use to the general-interest reader, Latin American experiences scholars, and the tutorial specialist.

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Number forty five in Scarecrow’s ancient Dictionaries of Literature and the humanities sequence encompasses the Spanish and Portuguese literatures of Mexico, relevant the US, and South the USA, from the diaries of Christopher Columbus (preserved by means of Bartolomé de las Casas) to brief tales, performs, novels, and other kinds of the current day. The international locations of the Caribbean, frequently taken care of as a separate entity, are excluded. writer younger is professor emeritus of Spanish and Latin American experiences on the college of Alberta, and writer Cisneros is an affiliate professor on the comparable collage. Following a chronology and advent, the 500-page dictionary part consists nearly totally of biographical entries starting from a paragraph to some of pages for the best-known authors, together with Jorge Luis Borges, Carlos Fuentes, and Gabriel García Márquez. every one access comprises the author’s nation (though many lengthy resided elsewhere), dates, short biographical and literary highlights, and titles of significant works (in the unique language and in English, with transparent indication even if there's an English translation). there's an access for the literature and theater of every kingdom in addition to entries for events, phrases, and genres, similar to Ultraísmo, increase, and historic novel. Cross-referencing inside and following entries is large. A bibliography of approximately 2 hundred pages is prepared via state, with bibliographies, encyclopedias, dictionaries, histories, and anthologies (or a few subset) via works on specific authors; those assets are in Spanish, Portuguese, and English. advised for educational libraries and public libraries the place the literature of Latin the United States is necessary. (Booklist)

Young (emer., Univ. of Alberta) and Cisneros (Univ. of Alberta) provide a finished remedy of Latin American literary arts from the conquest to the twenty first century. Given the scope of the subject and the old dictionary structure, the entries are succinct but bring tantalizing introductions to authors, literary routine, issues, and nationwide literary histories. The level is decided with a literary chronology that starts off with Christopher Columbus's arrival and his diary, and extends to the 2010 award of the Nobel Prize for literature. Entries are greatly cross-referenced. daring typeface inside of entries exhibits phrases coated in different places within the dictionary, permitting researchers to maneuver fast among authors, nations, and literary routine. Many entries include see additionally references to similar issues. An expansive bibliography on the finish of the entries is geared up geopolitically with chosen references for all authors integrated therein. This association calls for an inordinate volume of thumbing via pages whilst trying to find person authors. Headers indicating international locations lined inside sections could have solved this challenge. The breadth of the bibliography could be priceless to researchers pursuing deeper research. Summing Up: steered. Libraries with a robust dedication to Latin American reports; decrease- and upper-level undergraduates, and normal readers. (CHOICE)

Scenic articles on nationwide literatures do see that the current quantity is a dictionary of Latin American literature and whilst, an creation to it. As such, it's evidently meant for tutorial use within the English-speaking global. (Iberoamericana)

This dictionary merits realization since it started a undertaking that we are hoping will proceed in the course of the years. it's a important contribution to the gathering of reference books in our sessions of Latin American literature and tradition. (Hispania)

About the Author

Richard younger is professor emeritus of Spanish and Latin American stories on the college of Alberta, Canada, the place he taught for nearly forty years. His edited volumes contain Latin American Postmodernisms (1997), tune, pop culture, Identities (2002), and, in collaboration with Stephen Hart, modern Latin American Cultural experiences (2003). He was once editor of Revista Canadiense de Estudios Hispánicos from 1996 until eventually 2003.

Odile Cisneros is affiliate professor within the division of recent Languages and Cultural experiences and this system in Comparative Literature on the college of Alberta. She co-edited Novas: chosen Writings of Haroldo de Campos (2007), and he or she can also be an energetic literary translator and has released book-length translations of labor through Régis Bonvicino, Rodrigo Rey Rosa, and Jaroslav Seifert.

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Two more appeared posthumously: Los astros del abismo (1924; The Stars of the Abyss) and El Rosario de Eros (1924; Eros’s Rosary). She wrote personal, intimate verses. Her erotic themes, developed in part in relation to the writings of Spanish 16th-century mystics, often attracted more attention to her than to her work and resulted in a superficial criticism of her writing, both in her lifetime and after, which her death, at the age of 28 and at the hands of her estranged husband, did little to dispel.

Poet. Adán Martín was the pseudonym of Rafael de la Fuente y Benavides. The influence of the Spanish avant-garde and ultraísmo is to be found in the striking images and wordplay of his early poetry and in a short novel, La casa de cartón (1928; The Cardboard House), which describes a young man’s awakening to life and is considered in Peruvian literature as one of the best novels of his generation. At the same time, Adán was drawn to the traditional. La rosa de la espinela (1939; The Rose of the Espinela) is a collection of décimas or espinelas (stanzas of 10 lines of octosyllabic verses), and one of his best-known collections, Travesía de extramares (1950; Voyage Beyond the Seas), is a book of sonnets written in strict form while also exploring the limits of the genre.

In Mi Darío (1967; My Darío) and Diario de poeta (1975; Diary of a Poet), he returned to the sonnet. Much of Adán’s verse is profoundly metaphysical, an exploration of the inner self and of the role of poetry as an expression of the poet’s form of being. ADOUM, JORGE ENRIQUE (Ecuador, 1926–2009). Poet, dramatist, and novelist. In whatever genre he chose, he was an experimental, avant-garde writer. He was also ardently Marxist and an advocate of the social origin and role of literature. The central theme of much of his work is the invasion and colonization of the Americas, which he denounces defiantly and combattively.

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