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On the dark side of the archive : nation and literature in Spanish America at the turn of the century / Juan Carlos González Espitia.

Book Book (c2010.)
Description: 250 p. ; 24 cm.
Publisher: Lewisburg, PA : Bucknell University Press, c2010.
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  • ISBN: 0838757367 (hardcover : alk. paper)
  • ISBN: 9780838757369 (hardcover : alk. paper)
Bibliography, etc.: Includes bibliographical references (p. 236-246) and index.
Contents: 1. Introduction -- 2. Ominous Lucia -- 3. Nation : prosthesis, writing, and incest -- 4. Blood matters -- 5. Morbus Gallicus : Horacio Quiroga's originary disease -- 6. final (re)mark : Fernando Vallejo's gleaming origins.
Summary: "On the Dark Side of the Archive examines nineteenth-century nation building through narratives that are not part of the romantic or realist traditions, specifically those associated with the critique of traditional ideals often portrayed in Decadentism and modernismo. The study focuses on the "non-canonical" works of turn-of-the-century authors - including Jose Maria Vargas Vila, Horacia Quiroga, Clemente Palma, and Jose Marti - and concludes with a study that compares the literary portrayal of doomed societies in the nineteenth-century with the work of contemporary authors, such as Fernando Vallejo." "Gonzalez Espitia establishes a critique of the concept of nation building in the romantic narratives of Spanish America. These narratives are generally characterized by underlying erotic discourses meant to set the recently liberated countries of Latin America on a path toward class harmony, racial integration, socially beneficial marriage, and demographic expansion. An analysis of nation-building narratives understood as erotic discourses must also consider novels that manifest a dynamics of self-destruction. The authors included in this book subvert the idea of "nation" as a clear, positive, and fruitful space, bringing a dose of reality to this elusive concept. These authors design alternative futures for Latin America, futures that were seen as fruitless, obscure, contemptible, or doomed."--BOOK JACKET.
Citation: González Espitia, Juan Carlos. "On the dark side of the archive : nation and literature in Spanish America at the turn of the century." Lewisburg, PA : Bucknell University Press, 2010.
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