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The recent fiction of Spanish America has been widely acclaimed for its experimental and revolutionary qualities. In "Reclaiming the Author," Lucille Kerr studies the sources of power of this newly emergent literature in her detailed examination of the critical concept of "the author." Kerr considers how Spanish American narratives raise questions about authorial identity and activity through the different figures of the author they propose. These author-figures, she maintains, both complement and contradict notions of authority that exist outside of the world of fiction.
By focusing on works by well-known Spanish American authors--Cortazar, Donoso, Fuentes, Poniatowska, Puig, and Vargas Llosa--Kerr shows how the Spanish Americans have formed a radical poetics of the author. Her readings demonstrate how exemplary Spanish American texts, such as "Rayuela," "Terra nostra," and "El hablador, " call into question the author as a unitary or uniform, and therefore unproblematical, figure. Individually and together, Kerr's readings reclaim "the author" as a complex critical concept encompassing diverse, conflicting, even competitive roles.
Scholars in contemporary literature and theory, in particular those involved with Spanish American literature, will find "Reclaiming the Author" an original and compelling book.
Title: Reclaiming the Author : Figures and Fictions from Spanish America
Categories: Literary Criticism,
Publisher: Duke University Press: 1992
ISBN Number: 0822312271
ISBN Number 13: 9780822312277
Book Condition: Near Fine
Jacket Condition: No Jacket
Weight: 1.00 Item
Seller ID: 108987
Description: Ex-library book with usual stamps, stickers, etc. Binding is solid and text/interior is clean of highlighting, marking or underlining. 227 pages, sharp corners, hardly used.