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The modern Latin American novel
Williams, Raymond L.
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New York : Twayne Publishers ; London : Prentice Hall International, [1998]

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xv, 177 pages ; 23 cm.
rise of the modernist novel -- Introduction to modernist fiction in Latin America (1945-1957) -- novels of Miguel Angel Asturias -- novels of Agustín Yáñez -- novels of Alejo Carpentier -- novels of Leopoldo Marechal and Juan Carlos Onetti -- rise of the Brazilian modernist novel: Lins Do Rêgo, Amado, Ramos, and de Queiroz -- moderist boom -- Introduction to the Boom -- novels of Carlos Fuentes -- novels of Julio Cortázar -- novels of Mario Vargas Llosa -- novels of Gabriel García Márquez -- Inside and outside the Boom -- postmodern novel -- Introduction to postmodern fiction in Latin America -- Postmodern fiction in Mexico and the Caribbean -- Conclusions: toward a modern, postmodern, and postnational novel.
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The volumes in this series examine significant literary foundations of the novel, by applying the most recent critical approaches: Marxism, feminism, structuralism, and others.

Each volume surveys a specific novel-writing tradition, and includes:

-- A chronology listing publication dates of major novels, birth and death dates of novelists, and dates of significant events

-- An introductory overview of the novels and their critical reception

-- A summary of the state of the criticism

-- Primary and secondary source bibliographies

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Choice Review

This remarkably concise, slim volume is a valuable guide to a body of literature whose present significance could hardly have been anticipated at the century's outset. Not restricting his survey to the major works of such giants as Garcia Marquez, Vargas Llosa, and of course Borges, Williams (Univ. of California, Riverside) includes coverage of a great many lesser figures only specialists would know of. So for those who wish the author had provided fuller treatment of a particular author--say, the late Manuel Puig--Williams offers plenty of compensation in the sheer variety of inclusions. Moreover, he charts the course of the development of Latin American long fiction from the earliest attempts at realistic narrative around the turn of the 20th century to the "boom" period of writing (which is frequently, however accurately or not, included under the rubric "magic realism") and then to the plateau that is the present era. Major figures are accorded their own full accountings; lesser figures are conveniently grouped as part of their respective national literatures. Amply annotated with references to key prior studies and furnished with a chronological listing of significant titles. A most useful and particularly helpful title for academic readers at all levels. J. M. Ditsky; University of Windsor