Mexican Literature: A History

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David William Foster
University of Texas Press, Jan 1, 1994 - Literary Criticism - 458 pages
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Mexico has a rich literary heritage that extends back over centuries to the Aztec and Mayan civilizations. This major new reference work surveys more than five hundred years of Mexican literature from a sociocultural perspective. More than merely a catalog of names and titles, it examines in detail the literary phenomena that constitute Mexico's most significant and original contributions to literature. Recognizing that no one scholar can authoritatively cover so much territory, David William Foster has assembled a group of specialists, some of them younger scholars who write from the most current and emerging trends in Latin American and Mexican literary scholarship. The topics they discuss include pre-Columbian indigenous writing (Joanna O'Connell), Colonial literature (Lee H. Dowling), Romanticism (Margarita Vargas), nineteenth-century prose fiction (Mario Martin Flores), Modernism (Bart L. Lewis), major twentieth-century genres (narrative, Lanin A. Gyurko; poetry, Adriana Garcia; theater, Kirsten F. Nigro), the essay (Martin S. Stabb), literary criticism (Daniel Altamiranda), and literary journals (Luis Pena). Each essay offers detailed analysis of significant issues and major texts and includes an annotated bibliography of important critical sources and reference works.
  

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A prolific bibliographer of Latin American literature, Foster has here assembled 12 essays that collectively span Mexican literary history from pre-Columbian times to the present. Rather than offering ... Read full review

Contents

PreColumbian Literatures
1
The Colonial Period
31
Romanticism
83
NineteenthCentury Prose Fiction
113
Modernism
139
TwentiethCentury Poetry
171
TwentiethCentury Theater
213
TwentiethCentury Fiction
243
The Essay
305
Literary Theory and Criticism
341
Literary Reviews A Bibliographical Essay
365
Mexican and Mexican American Literary Relations
385
Index
439
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David William Foster is Regents' Professor of Spanish and Women's Studies at Arizona State University, where he directs the Graduate Program in Interdisciplinary Humanities.

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