Corporeality in Early Twentieth-Century Latin American Literature: Body Articulations

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Palgrave Macmillan, Dec 28, 2012 - Fiction - 234 pages
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Featuring canonical Spanish American and Brazilian texts of the 1920s and 30s, Corporeality in Early Twentieth-Century Latin American Literature is an innovative analysis of the body as site of inscription for avant-garde objectives such as originality, subjectivity, and subversion. Guided by close attention to socio-historical contexts and mythical sources, the study illuminates aspects such as the relationship between synecdoche and the body politic, the corporeal and linguistic effects of immersion in the return to language origin, and the quest for new frontiers in poetic ontologies. Unpacking the vanguard body legacy, this insightful anatomy will be of interest to scholars of the avant-garde, body theory, and Latin American comparative literature.

 

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Contents

Articulating the Body
1
Urban Bodies
17
Return to the Original Tongue
81
Immediate Breakdown Renewal Deferred
129
Anthropophagy Legacy of a Body Aesthetics
165
Notes
183
Works Cited
205
Index
225
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Bruce Dean Willis is Associate Professor of Spanish and Comparative Literature at University of Tulsa, USA. He is the author of Aesthetics of Equilibrium: The Vanguard Poetics of Vicente Huidobro and Mário de Andrade.