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Postmodernism's Role in Latin American Literature : The Life and Work of Augusto Roa Bastos - Helene Carol Weldt-Basson

Postmodernism's Role in Latin American Literature

The Life and Work of Augusto Roa Bastos

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Augusto Roa Bastos (1917-2005), winner of the prestigious Cervantes prize, is one of the most important Latin American writers of the twentieth century. This commemorative collection consists of articles by nine scholars reflecting upon the postmodern nature of the Paraguayan author's literary production and his place in world literature. The volume includes articles on the author's screenplays, his masterpiece, the dictator novel "I The Supreme," his short stories, feminist approaches to Roa Bastos's novels, reflections on the writer's Guarani poetry, and a study of the complex, intertextual relationships between his novel "El fiscal" and his other texts.

"The essays that follow Weldt-Basson s excellent analytical presentation address the postmodern project that emerges out of Roa Bastos novels, short stories, and film scripts. As we move from one analysis to the other, we ll find, as we do when we enter Roa Bastos monumental novel Yo el Supremo (I, the Supreme), an exploration of the recesses of orality and writing, of literary devices and the complex and intricate relations between history and fiction as we are granted access to the meandering of absolute power." - Saul Sosnowski, University of Maryland, College Park



"Weldt-Basson's Postmodernism's Role in Latin American Literature consists of essays that engage, from various critical perspectives, not only Roa Bastos most famous novels and stories, but also much of the Paraguayan author's work that has received less critical attention. Its contributions are intelligent, well written, and thoroughly documented - theoretically sophisticated enough to be of interest and use to Roa Bastos scholars while contextualized and presented in such a manner as to be accessible to advanced students." - Brent Carbajal, Western Washington University

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
The Life and Works of Augusto Roa Bastosp. 1
Poetry's Expository Function in Contexts of Linguistic Inequality: The Guarani Verse of Augusto Roa Bastosp. 25
Augusto Roa Bastos and Argentine Filmp. 35
Postmodernism and Its Signs in "Juegos nocturnos" by Augusto Roa Bastosp. 51
Rhizomatic Writing in Augusto Roa Bastos's Short Storiesp. 81
Gender and the State in Hijo de hombre: Transgression and Integrationp. 113
Verba Volant, Scripta Manent: Orality and Literacy in I the Supremep. 129
Tyranny and Foundation: Appropriations of the Hero and Rereadings of the Nation in Augusto Roa Bastos and Jean-Claude Fignolép. 153
Rewriting in Roa Bastos's Late Fiction: "El ojo de la luna," El fiscal, and Los conjurados del Quilombo del Gran Chacop. 189
All Women Are Whores: Prostitution, Female Archetypes, and Feminism in the Works of Augusto Roa Bastosp. 211
Contributorsp. 235
Indexp. 239
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ISBN: 9780230617667
ISBN-10: 0230617662
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 244
Published: 21st July 2010
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 20.96 x 13.97  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.41
Edition Number: 1