Killer Books: Writing, Violence, and Ethics in Modern Spanish American Narrative
"AnÃbal GonzÃ¡lez's book is a rich, exquisitely erudite, highly original, brilliantly argued essay about profound ethical issues in the history of writing literature in Spanish America. . . . It is the work of a consummate and recognized critic at the height of his powers."--CÃ©sar A. Salgado, Associate Professor of Spanish and Portuguese, University of Texas at AustinWriting and violence have been inextricably linked in Spanish America from the Conquest onward. Spanish authorities used written edicts, laws, permits, regulations, logbooks, and account books to control indigenous peoples whose cultures were predominantly oral, giving rise to a mingled awe and mistrust of the power of the written word that persists in Spanish American culture to the present day. In this masterful study, AnÃbal GonzÃ¡lez traces and describes how Spanish American writers have reflected ethically in their works about writing's relation to violence and about their own relation to writing. Using an approach that owes much to the recent "turn to ethics" in deconstruction and to the works of Jacques Derrida and Emmanuel Levinas, he examines selected short stories and novels by major Spanish American authors from the late nineteenth through the twentieth centuries: Manuel GutiÃ©rrez NÃ¡jera, Manuel Zeno GandÃa, Teresa de la Parra, Jorge Luis Borges, Alejo Carpentier, Gabriel GarcÃa MÃ¡rquez, and Julio CortÃ¡zar. He shows how these authors frequently display an attitude he calls "graphophobia," an intense awareness of the potential dangers of the written word.
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Gonz lez (Spanish, Pennsylvania State Univ.) claims that many authors suffer from "graphophobia," an unlikely combination of respect, caution, dread, revulsion, and even contempt for the written ... Read full review
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