Before the Boom: Latin American Revolutionary Novels of the 1920s

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University Press of America, Jan 1, 2001 - Literary Criticism - 135 pages
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In the early twentieth century, a technological revolution as well as new ideas in science and philosophy, precipitated a radical change in narrative fiction in Latin America. The avant garde novels that appeared by the 1920s forever changed discourse and structure, or the way of creating narrative fiction, and heavily influenced the creation of the internationally recognized Latin American novel of the modern era. However, this early movement has received little attention or recognition as a literary period, although it is as significant to the development of twentieth century literature as the Modernist movement was in the U.S. and Europe. Before the Boom: Latin American Revolutionary Novels of the 1920s proposes a postmodern analysis of the early twentieth century or avant-garde novel by authors from four different Latin American countries: Arqueles Vela in Mexico, Martin Adan in Peru, Pablo Palacio in Ecuador, and Roberto Arlt in Argentina. Each chapter details the socio-political context of each novel, chronicling the events that led to an artistic desire to create an entirely new voice in Latin American fiction."

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Mexicos First AntiNovel
The Madness of the Argentinian Novel
The Rebellion of the Ecuadorean Character

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Elizabeth Coonrod Martínez is Chair, Modern Languages and Literature at Sonoma State University in California.

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