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Title:
Treading the ebony path : ideology and violence in contemporary Afro-Colombian prose fiction
Author:
Lewis, Marvin A., 1942-
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Publication Information:
Columbia : University of Missouri Press, 1987.
Physical Description:
142 pages ; 22 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780826206381
Format :
Book

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A study of the prose fiction of five radical Afro-Colombian writers active in the period between 1947 and 1983: Arnoldo Palacios, Carlos Arturo Truque, Jorge Artel, Juan Zapata Olivella, and Manuel Zapata Olivella. Of these, Manuel Zapata Olivella, author of seven novels, is by far the best known. In four careful chapters (Artel and Juan Zapata Olivella share a chapter), Lewis situates the work of each writer with reference to the problems of la especificidad latinoamericana and, more narrowly, of Colombian national culture. Since he cannot presume that his readers will be familiar with the works under consideration, Lewis is obliged to tie himself closely to their narrative lines in writing about them. This brings a certain, perhaps unavoidable, pedestrianism to his analyses of theme and style. An elegant, though far from uncontroversial, introduction allows Lewis to discuss questions of naturalism and "authenticity," ideology and resistance. This book will be of interest to specialists in Latin American and Afro-American studies and to those researching postcolonial literatures. Upper-division undergraduates and above. -N. F. Lazarus, Brown University