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Understanding Octavio Paz
Quiroga, Jose, 1959-
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Columbia, S.C. : University of South Carolina Press, [1999]

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xii, 194 pages ; 24 cm.
Preface -- Note translations and citations -- Chronology -- Abbreviations -- Overview -- Libertad bajo palabra -- The labyrinth of solitude -- Poetics: The bow and the lyre, Children of the mire -- A poetics of east and west -- Blanco: a poetics of space -- Vuelta, A draft of shadows, A tree within -- Conclusion -- Notes -- Selected bibliography -- Index.
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In this comprehensive examination of the work of Octavio Paz - winner of the 1990 Nobel Prize for Literature and Mexico's important literary and cultural figure - Jose Quiroga presents an analysis of Paz's writings in light of works by and about him. Combining broad erudition with scholarly attention to detail, Quiroga views Paz's work as an open narrative that explores the relationships between the poet, his readers and his time.

Author Notes

Jose Quiroga is an associate professor of Spanish and Latin American Studies at George Washington University and has held visiting appointments at Johns Hopkins University; the University of California, Berkeley; and Emory University. Focusing primarily on twentieth-century Latin American literature and culture, Quiroga's essays have appeared in numerous anthologies and edited collections as well as such journals as Latin American Literary Review, Modern Language Notes, Hispania, and La Torre.

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Part of the "Understanding Modern European and Latin American Literature" series, this book analyzes several major works by the Mexican poet, essayist, and 1990 Nobel laureate: an extensively revised poetry collection, Libertad bajo palabra (Liberty under Parole); the essays on Mexican culture in The Labyrinth of Solitude; essays on poetics in The Bow and the Lyre and Children of the Mire; and books of poems (Blanco, Vuelta). Despite the complexity of Paz's oeuvre, Quiroga (George Washington Univ.) provides insightful, lucid commentary; he stresses Paz's broad intellectual interests in art, philosophy, history, politics, international relations, and the place of the individual in society. This volume joins complementary studies of Paz, including Frances Chiles's Octavio Paz, the Mythic Dimension (CH, Feb'88), John Fein's Toward Octavio Paz (CH, Nov'86), and Jason Wilson's Octavio Paz, a Study of His Poetics (CH, Nov'79) and Octavio Paz (CH, May'87), among others. Quiroga adds new views on some of the experimentation, stylistic variety, and paradoxes found in Paz's writings. With a useful chronology and several bilingual quotes, this carefully crafted textual guide is recommended for upper-division undergraduates and above and for all scholars, researchers, and faculty concerned with Latin American literary and cultural studies. M. V. Ekstrom St. John Fisher College

Table of Contents

Editor's Prefacep. vi
A Note on Translations and Citationsp. vii
Chronologyp. viii
Abbreviationsp. xi
Chapter 1 Overviewp. 1
Chapter 2 Libertad bajo palabrap. 10
Chapter 3 The Labyrinth of Solitudep. 57
Chapter 4 Poetics: The Bow and the Lyre, Children of the Mirep. 88
Chapter 5 A Poetics of East and Westp. 114
Chapter 6 Blanco: A Poetics of Spacep. 135
Chapter 7 Vuelta, A Draft of Shadows, A Tree Withinp. 155
Chapter 8 Conclusionp. 177
Notesp. 181
Selected Bibliographyp. 185
Indexp. 189