Ricardo Palma's Tradiciones: Illuminating Gender and Nation

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Lexington Books, 2012 - History - 183 pages
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Ricardo Palma s Tradiciones is the first full-length account of Ricardo Palma informed by theories of cultural criticism. Elisa Sampson Vera Tudela sheds new light onimportant aspects of Palma s work.She offers a fresh interpretation of the relations between history and literature perhaps the most discussed aspect of Palma s work engaging with new critical thinking on historicism and examining the significance of the marginal and the anecdotal in Palma s work. By using the tools of postcolonial cultural criticism, Vera Tudela considers Palma s encounter with modernity, arguing that his recuperation of colonial history plays a crucial part in imagining the modern future.Most innovatively, Vera Tudela examines the multiple and contradictory notions of femininity in nineteenth-century Latin America and in Palma s writing, showing how a historical consideration of the sexual politics of cultural production transforms our understanding of many of the assumptions about this period. Finally, by applying the insights of cultural geography in analysing the racial, sexual and politicalidentityof domestic, urban and national space in Palma s writing, Vera Tudelademonstrates that Palma s literary maps and topographies are uniquely revelatory of questions of power and agency. In its exploration of sexual politics and nationhood, Ricardo Palma s Tradiciones presents Palma as a proto-modernist who paved the way for many of the experiments of twentieth-century Latin American narrative fiction."
 

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Contents

C H A P T E R O N E Pyrotechnic History
3
C H A P T E R T W O Phosphorescent Literature
27
The Representation and Appropriation of Femininity
49
C H A P T E R T H R E E The Rhetoric of Gender
51
C H A P T E R F O U R Womens Voices in Narrative
79
S E C T I O N I I I DEFINING SPACES
105
C H A P T E R F I V E The Space of the Nation
107
C H A P T E R S I X Inside the City Museum
131
Hilachas
163
Bibliography
169
Index
179
About the Author
183
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Elisa Sampson Vera Tudela is a historian and literary critic specializing in Latin American culture. She teaches at King s College, University of London.

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