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Autobiographical Writing in Spanish America

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This study of Spanish American autobiography from its beginnings in the post-colonial nineteenth century to the present day concentrates mainly on cultural and historical issues. Spanish American autobiographies are fascinating hybrids, often wielding several discourses at once. They aspire to documentary status while unabashedly exalting the self, and dwell on personal experience while purporting to be exercises in historiography, the founding texts of a national archive. Professor Molloy examines a wide range of texts, from Sarmiento's Recuerdos de provincia to Victoria Ocampo's Autobiografia. She analyses their textual strategies, the generic affiliations they claim, their relationship to the European canon, and their dialogue with precursor texts, as well as their problematic use of memory and the ideological implications of their repressive tactics. This method enables her to identify perceptions of self and tensions between self and other, thus shedding light on the fluctuating place of the subject within a community.

Acknowledgments
Introduction
The Scene of Reading
The reader with the book in his hand
From serf to self: the autobiography of Juan Francisco Manzano
The theatrics of reading: body and book in Victoria Ocampo
Childhood and Family Tales
Childhood and exile: the Cuban paradise of the Countess of Merlin
A school for life: Miguel Cane's Juvenilia
The search for Utopia: Pic=n Salas looks forward to the past
A game of cutouts: Norah Lange's Cuadernos de infancia
Memory, Lineage and Representation
Autobiography as history: a statue for posterity
Shrines and labyrinths: a place to remember
First memories, first myths: Vasconcelos' Ulises criollo
Notes
Bibliography
Index
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ISBN: 9780521331951
ISBN-10: 0521331951
Series: Cambridge Studies in Latin American and Iberian Literature
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 18th November 2003
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 2.1
Weight (kg): 0.59