Figural Conquistadors: Rewriting the New World's Discovery and Conquest in Mexican and River Plate Novels of the 1980s and 1990s

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Bucknell University Press, 2006 - Literary Criticism - 194 pages
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In a series of readings of novels by Antonio Elio Brailovsky, Abel Posse, Eugenio Aguirre, Armando Ayala Anguiano, Herminio Martinez, Augusto Roa Bastos, and Napoleon Baccino Ponce de Leon, Mark Hernandez explores the fundamental role of fictional autobiographies and testimonials in rewriting historiographical discourses about the conquest and the relationship to contemporary politics and issues of national and cultural identity in Latin America. He demonstrates how these novelists use major and marginal figures to reflect upon the ways that institutional powers invoke episodes from the discovery and conquest to legitimate the present, and also to critique the recent historical past, especially in the case of Uruguay and Argentina, which endured military dictatorships in the 1970s and 1980s.
 

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Contents

Acknowledgments
7
Rewriting the Relation as Autobiography
23
Fictional Marginal Figures and the Rewriting of
56
Rewriting Stories about Vilified Figures from
83
Restaging Columbus
110
Afterword
138
Bibliography
170
Index
185
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Mark A. Hernandez is assistant professor of Spanish in the Department of Romance Languages at Tufts University in Medford.

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