Literature and Subjection: The Economy of Writing and Marginality in Latin America - Illuminations: Cultural Formations of the Americas (Hardback)
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Literature and Subjection: The Economy of Writing and Marginality in Latin America - Illuminations: Cultural Formations of the Americas (Hardback)

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Hardback 300 Pages / Published: 30/12/2008
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Through theoretical, philosophical, cultural, political, and historical analysis, Horacio Legras views the myriad factors that have both formed and stifled the integration of peripheral experiences into Latin American literature. Despite these barriers, Legras reveals a handful of contemporary authors who have attempted in earnest to present marginalized voices to the Western world. Legras' deep and insightful analysis of key works by novelists Juan Jose Saer (""The Witness""), Nellie Campobello (""Cartucho""), Roa Bastos (""Son of Man'), and Jose Maria Arguedas (""The Fox from Up Above"" and the ""Fox from Down Below""), among others, provides a theoretical basis for understanding the plight of the author, the peripheral voice, and the confines of the literary medium. What emerges is an intricate discussion of the clash and subjugation of cultures and the tragedy of a lost worldview.

Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Press
ISBN: 9780822943532
Number of pages: 300
Weight: 544 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 23 mm


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"Legras's "Literature and Subjection" offers excellent readings of both Latin American fiction and Western theory. He illustrates the particularity of the link between Latin American fiction and history, on the one hand, and between Latin American culture and modern European epistemology on the other. This combination of discourses represents a rare feat in the field of Latin American studies, and makes for an outstanding book."
--Brett Levinson, Binghamton University
"Legras proposes to rethink the history of Latin American literature as a project whose purpose is to deal with peripheral peoples while he analyzes its role in the machinery that creates and maintains subjection. It is a conceptual project that reorganizes the corpus in ways that allow the emergence of new insights and a novel understanding of Latin American literature."
--Gustavo Verdesio, University of Michigan
Legras's "Literature and Subjection" offers excellent readings of both Latin American fiction and Western theory. He illustrates the particularity of the link between Latin American fiction and history, on the one hand, and between Latin American culture and modern European epistemology on the other. This combination of discourses represents a rare feat in the field of Latin American studies, and makes for an outstanding book.
Brett Levinson, Binghamton University"
Legras proposes to rethink the history of Latin American literature as a project whose purpose is to deal with peripheral peoples while he analyzes its role in the machinery that creates and maintains subjection. It is a conceptual project that reorganizes the corpus in ways that allow the emergence of new insights and a novel understanding of Latin American literature.
Gustavo Verdesio, University of Michigan"

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