Archival Reflections: Postmodern Fiction of the Americas (self-reflexivity, Historical Revisionism, Utopia)

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Bucknell University Press, 2000 - Fiction - 367 pages
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"Archival Reflections explores the works of critically acclaimed contemporary New World writers - Carlos Fuentes (Mexico), Julio Cortazar (Argentina), Ishmael Reed, and E. L. Doctorow (United States) - from two innovative perspectives: the new historical novel of recent decades and the current postmodernist debate." "Due to its scope and perspective this work has a relevance that extends far beyond the conventional bounds of literary studies. Concerned as it is with issues of historical understanding, culture, and politics, it has implications for the literary histories of Spanish America and the United States, as well as for the fields of inter-American and cultural studies, literary theory, and historiography."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved
 

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Contents

Acknowledgments
9
Prospects for an InterAmerican Approach to Postmodern Fiction
11
Historiographic Metafiction in the Context of Postmodemism Theory
19
Heretical History Carlos Fuentess Theater of Memory
54
Displacing the Official Record Ishmael Reeds Reinvention of Western History and Myth
126
Between Political Commitment and Epistemological Skepticism Julio Cortazar and E L Doctorow
194
Toward a Pedagogical Political Culture Historical Revisionism Fiction and Resistance in the Americas
255
Conclusion
283
Notes
292
Bibliography
336
Index
355
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Santiago Juan-Navarro is an Assistant Professor of Spanish at Florida International University, where he teaches Latin American Literature and Film, Historiography of Literature, and Literary Theory.

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