Foundational Fictions: The National Romances of Latin America (Google eBook)

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University of California Press, Apr 3, 1991 - Latin American fiction - 418 pages
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National consolidation and romantic novels go hand in hand in Latin America. "Foundational Fictions" shows how 19th century patriotism and heterosexual passion historically depend on one another to engender productive citizens.
  

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PART I IRRESISTIBLE ROMANCE
1
LOVE AND COUNTRY AN ALLEGORICAL SPECULATION
30
PLAGIARIZED AUTHENTICITY SARMIENTOS COOPER AND OTHERS
52
AMALIA VALOR AT HEART AND HOME
83
SAB CEST MOI
114
O GUARANI AND IRACEMA BRAZILS TWOFACED INDIGENISM
138
MARIAS DISEASE A NATIONAL ROMANCE CONFOUNDED
172
SOMETHING TO CELEBRATE NATIONAL NUPTIALS IN CHILE AND MEXICO
204
STARTING FROM SCRATCH LATE BEGINNINGS AND EARLY TRACES IN ENRIQUILLO CUMANDA AND TABARE
233
LOVE OF COUNTRY POPULISMS REVISED ROMANCE IN LA VORAGINE AND DONA BARBARA
257
ITS WRONG TO BE RIGHT MAMA BLANCA ON FATHERLY FOUNDATIONS
290
Notes
323
Index
403
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Page 5 - The classic examples in Latin America are almost inevitably stories of star-crossed lovers who represent particular regions, races, parties, economic interests, and the like. Their passion for conjugal and sexual union spills over to a sentimental readership in a move that hopes to win partisan minds along with hearts.

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Doris Sommer is Professor of Romance Languages at Harvard University.

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