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Hemispheric Imaginations

North American Fictions of Latin America

What image of Latin America have North American fiction writers created, found, or echoed, and how has the prevailing discourse about the region shaped their work? How have their writings contributed to the discursive construction of our southern neighbors, and how has the literature undermined this construction and added layers of complexity that subvert any approach based on stereotypes? Combining American Studies, Canadian Studies, Latin American Studies, and Cultural Theory, Breinig relies on long scholarly experience to answer these and other questions. Hemispheric Imaginations, an ambitious interdisciplinary study of literary representations of Latin America as encounters with the other, is among the most extensive such studies to date. It will appeal to a broad range of scholars of American Studies.

400 pages | 6 1/4 x 9 1/4

Literature and Literary Criticism: General Criticism and Critical Theory


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Table of Contents

Preface • PART I • Introduction • Alterity and Identity: Reflections on Approaching the Other • PART II • Foundational Narratives: Some Versions of Columbus • Invasive Methods: The Opening of Latin America in Nineteenth- and Early Twentieth-Century US Literature • Representations of the Mexican Revolution in US Literature • PART III • Nature and Civilization: Nineteenth-Century Travelers and Twentieth-Century Escapists • Gendered Perceptions of Latin America in Twentieth-Century US Literature • PART IV • The Post-Vietnam Era: Versions of Realism • The Postmodern Response: Magical Realism and Metafiction • Splintered Foundations: Postmodern and Native American Versions of Columbus • PART V • Canada and Latin America: Malcolm Lowry and the Other as Symbolic Field • Post-Vietnam and Twenty-First-Century Canadian Visitors • Postscript • Notes • Bibliography • Index

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