Historical Dictionary of Latin American Literature and by Richard Young, Odile Cisneros

By Richard Young, Odile Cisneros

The historic Dictionary of Latin American Literature and Theater offers clients with an available single-volume reference device overlaying Portuguese-speaking Brazil and the sixteen Spanish-speaking international locations of continental Latin the US (Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay, and Venezuela). Entries for authors, starting from the early colonial interval to the current, provide succinct biographical facts and an account of the author's literary creation, with specific awareness to their such a lot fashionable works and the place they belong in literary history.

The creation offers a overview of Latin American literature and theater as a complete whereas separate dictionary entries for every state supply perception into the historical past of nationwide literatures. Entries for literary phrases, pursuits, and genres serve to enrich those commentaries, and an intensive bibliography issues the best way for additional studying. the excellent view and designated info acquired from these kind of components will make this ebook of use to the general-interest reader, Latin American stories scholars, and the educational specialist.

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Number forty five in Scarecrow’s old Dictionaries of Literature and the humanities sequence encompasses the Spanish and Portuguese literatures of Mexico, principal the USA, and South the US, from the diaries of Christopher Columbus (preserved via Bartolomé de las Casas) to brief tales, performs, novels, and other kinds of the current day. The nations of the Caribbean, usually handled as a separate entity, are excluded. writer younger is professor emeritus of Spanish and Latin American stories on the college of Alberta, and writer Cisneros is an affiliate professor on the comparable collage. Following a chronology and advent, the 500-page dictionary part consists nearly completely of biographical entries starting from a paragraph to a few of pages for the best-known authors, together with Jorge Luis Borges, Carlos Fuentes, and Gabriel García Márquez. every one access comprises the author’s state (though many lengthy resided elsewhere), dates, short biographical and literary highlights, and titles of significant works (in the unique language and in English, with transparent indication even if there's an English translation). there's an access for the literature and theater of every nation in addition to entries for activities, phrases, and genres, akin to Ultraísmo, increase, and historic novel. Cross-referencing inside and following entries is huge. A bibliography of approximately 2 hundred pages is prepared through state, with bibliographies, encyclopedias, dictionaries, histories, and anthologies (or a few subset) by way of works on specific authors; those assets are in Spanish, Portuguese, and English. instructed for tutorial libraries and public libraries the place the literature of Latin the United States is necessary. (Booklist)

Young (emer., Univ. of Alberta) and Cisneros (Univ. of Alberta) provide a entire therapy of Latin American literary arts from the conquest to the twenty first century. Given the scope of the subject and the ancient dictionary layout, the entries are succinct but bring tantalizing introductions to authors, literary events, topics, and nationwide literary histories. The level is determined with a literary chronology that starts off with Christopher Columbus's arrival and his diary, and extends to the 2010 award of the Nobel Prize for literature. Entries are largely cross-referenced. daring typeface inside entries exhibits phrases lined somewhere else within the dictionary, permitting researchers to maneuver fast among authors, international locations, and literary hobbies. Many entries include see additionally references to comparable themes. An expansive bibliography on the finish of the entries is prepared geopolitically with chosen references for all authors integrated therein. This association calls for an inordinate volume of thumbing via pages whilst looking for person authors. Headers indicating nations coated inside sections could have solved this challenge. The breadth of the bibliography could be valuable to researchers pursuing deeper research. Summing Up: advised. Libraries with a powerful dedication to Latin American stories; decrease- and upper-level undergraduates, and basic readers. (CHOICE)

Scenic articles on nationwide literatures do see that the current quantity is a dictionary of Latin American literature and while, an advent to it. As such, it truly is evidently meant for educational use within the English-speaking global. (Iberoamericana)

This dictionary merits recognition since it begun a venture that we are hoping will proceed through the years. it's a invaluable contribution to the gathering of reference books in our periods of Latin American literature and tradition. (Hispania)

About the Author

Richard younger is professor emeritus of Spanish and Latin American reports on the collage of Alberta, Canada, the place he taught for nearly forty years. His edited volumes contain Latin American Postmodernisms (1997), track, pop culture, Identities (2002), and, in collaboration with Stephen Hart, modern Latin American Cultural experiences (2003). He used to be editor of Revista Canadiense de Estudios Hispánicos from 1996 until eventually 2003.

Odile Cisneros is affiliate professor within the division of recent Languages and Cultural reports and this system in Comparative Literature on the collage of Alberta. She co-edited Novas: chosen Writings of Haroldo de Campos (2007), and he or she can also be an energetic literary translator and has released book-length translations of labor by means of Régis Bonvicino, Rodrigo Rey Rosa, and Jaroslav Seifert.

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Among luminaries who belong in these groups are Domingo Faustino Sarmiento (Argentina), Rómulo Gallegos (Venezuela), Pablo Neruda (Chile), Miguel Ángel Asturias (Guatemala), João Guimarães Rosa (Brazil), João Cabral de Melo Neto (Brazil), Rosario Castellanos (Mexico), and Octavio Paz (Mexico). Thus, major writers have a prominent cultural status, and the most prominent among them, such as Jorge Luis Borges (Argentina), Pablo Neruda, and Gabriel García Márquez (Colombia), are thought of as cultural icons, writers whose lives and work embody something of the spirit of the nation.

Indd 15 11/4/10 7:28 AM 16 • INTRODUCTION seemed to give an international readership a vision of the uniqueness of its histories, mythologies, and quintessential identity. At the same time, they incorporated the influences of Anglo-American modernism and the French new novel fully into their work and furthered the renovation of fiction in Latin America that the previous generation had initiated. Long after the euphoria of their first triumphs declined, the boom writers have continued to publish successfully during a phase often referred to as the post-boom.

Among the earliest were the diary of Christopher Colombus’s first voyage, addressed to the Catholic Kings Ferdinand and Isabella of Spain in 1492, and Pero Vaz de Caminha’s description of the newly found territory of Brazil in a letter written to Manuel I of Portugal in 1500. A plethora of diaries, letters, memoirs, narratives, histories, and treatises followed, a body of documents belonging mainly to the 16th century, that would come to be known collectively as the chronicles of the conquest and colonization of America.

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