Gauchos and Foreigners: Glossing Culture and Identity in the Argentine Countryside

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Lexington Books, Dec 29, 2010 - Literary Criticism - 184 pages
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In Gauchos and Foreigners: Glossing Culture and Identity in the Argentine Countryside Ariana Huberman discusses the relationship between the gaucho figure and the 'foreigner' in Argentine rural literature. The narratives of William Henry Hudson, Benito Lynch and Alberto Gerchunoff present English scientists and travelers, as well as Jewish and Italian immigrants, in direct contact with the gaucho in the Argentine and Uruguayan countryside. The book shows how the intent to define and translate terms from the national glossary the gaucho, his lifestyle and habitat and from 'foreign' cultures, ultimately questions these terms' capacity to represent a specific culture. It traces a series of writing practices that challenge the concepts of 'native' and 'foreign' as stable categories of representation by conveying identity and culture across multiple linguistic, social and cultural registers. The reading of these unique practices of translation hopes to offer a fresh approach to the multicultural scope of Argentine literature.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
The Gaucho in Argentine HistoryNational Language and Landscape
15
W H Hudson A NaturalistsRendition of the Gauchoand His Habitat
37
Benito Lynch A Realistic Portraitof the Gaucho and the Pampas
65
Alberto GerchunoffAn Uncomfortable Canon
95
Conclusion
129
Works Cited
133
Index
141
About the Author
147
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Ariana Huberman is visiting associate professor of Spanish at Haverford College

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