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Understanding Julio Cortazar : Understanding Modern European and Latin American Literature - Peter Standish

Understanding Julio Cortazar

Understanding Modern European and Latin American Literature

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Understanding Julio Cortazar, the first comprehensive discussion of his work to be published in English in a decade, recounts the varied literary achievements of one of Latin America's most acclaimed twentieth-century writers. Taking advantage of the perspective allowed by the time that has elapsed since Cortazar's death in 1984, Peter Standish reassesses the Argentinean's oeuvre. There is considerable discussion of how Cortazar, a man whose controversial persona has often colored criticism of his work, handled the tension between aesthetic and political aims.

Standish offers a brief overview of Cortazar's life and a chronological synopsis of his works. Structuring his assessment around metaphors drawn from boxing, Standish considers Cortazar's plays, stories, novels, political and literary essays and interviews, textual accompaniments to the visual arts, and poetry. Through close readings Standish explores Cortazar's views on literary genres and the creative process. Standish also expounds upon the writer's themes, including the metaphysical anguish of his protagonists as they search for "otherness", fail to come to grips with the passage of time, and reject rational and conventional values.

Editor's Prefacep. ix
A Preludep. xi
Chronologyp. xv
Sparring Session: Cortazar's Life and Worksp. 1
The Weigh-In: Early Publicationsp. 16
Winning by a Knockout: The Storiesp. 21
Break: Cortazar on Literaturep. 76
Winning on Points: The First Three Novelsp. 85
The Brawl Outside: Literature and Politicsp. 121
The Final Round (and Much More): Miscellaneous Creative Worksp. 151
Down, but Not Out: Posthumous Publicationsp. 176
A Postludep. 195
Notesp. 199
Bibliographyp. 209
Indexp. 215
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ISBN: 9781570033902
ISBN-10: 1570033900
Series: Understanding Modern European and Latin American Literature
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 1st February 2001
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.88  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.54