The Post-Boom in Spanish American Fiction: A New Vision for Health Care

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SUNY Press, 1998 - Literary Criticism - 217 pages
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What happened in Spanish American fiction after the Boom? Can we define the Post-Boom? What are its characteristics? How does it relate to the Boom itself? Is Post-Boom the same as Postmodernism or something quite different? Shaw traces the emergence of a different kind of writing which began to displace the Boom in the mid-1970s and has flourished ever since. More reader-friendly, more concerned with the here and now of Latin America, the writers of the Post-Boom have explored new areas of Spanish American life and incorporated characters from new social groups, especially young working-class and lower middle-class figures with their distinctive "pop" culture and freewheeling life-style. Shaw suggests that, while some Boom writers have moved toward the Post-Boom, Post-Boom narrative is distinctively different from that of the older movement and cannot be readily assimilated into Postmodernism.
 

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Contents

The PostBoom
3
The Transition
25
Isabel Allende
53
Antonio Skarmeta
73
Luisa Valenzuela
95
Rosario Ferre
119
Gustavo Sainz
139
PostBoom and Postmodernism
167
Bibliography
199
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Donald L. Shaw is Brown-Forman Professor of Spanish American Literature at the University of Virginia. He is the author of several books, including most recently Antonio Skarmeta and the Post-Boom, Borges' Narrative Strategy, and Alejo Carpentier.

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