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By Judith A. Payne

ISBN-10: 0877454051

ISBN-13: 9780877454052

During this first book-length learn to check the hot novels of either Spanish the United States and Brazil, the authors deftly learn the differing perceptions of ambiguity as they practice to questions of gender and the participation of ladies and men within the institution of Latin American narrative versions. Their bold thesis: the Brazilian new novel built a extra radical shape than its better-known Spanish-speaking cousin since it had a considerably assorted method of the the most important problems with ambiguity and gender and since such a lot of of its significant practitioners have been women.As a smart procedure for assessing the canonical new novels from Latin the United States, the coupling of ambiguity and gender permits Payne and Fitz to debate how borders--literary, regularly occurring, and cultural--are maintained, challenged, or crossed. Their conclusions light up the contributions of the recent novel by way of experimental buildings and narrative strategies in addition to the numerous roles of voice, subject, and language. utilizing Jungian conception and a poststructural optic, the authors additionally reveal how the Latin American new novel faces such common matters as fantasy, time, fact, and fact. might be the main unique point in their research lies in its research of Brazil's robust girl culture. right here, matters resembling replacement visions, contrasexuality, self-consciousness, and ontological hypothesis achieve new which means for the way forward for the unconventional in Latin America.With its comparative process and its many bilingual quotations, a"Ambiguity and Gender within the New Novel of Brazil and Spanish America"aoffers a fascinating photo of the marked modifications among the literary traditions of Portuguese-speaking and Spanish-speaking the US and, therefore, new insights into the specified mindsets of those linguistic cultures."

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Both Avalovara and La muerte de Artemio Cruz are explorations of the life of a man, both are told in multiple voices, both are symmetrically organized, and both involve multiple time frames, but while both end with the deaths of the protagonists, each elicits a very different response (especially in regard to gender roles) from the reader. Within all these works we will see commonality in terms of structural innovation, a new handling of time, stylistic brilliance, and complexity of vision. The distinguishing factor, however, apart from the language and certain technical subtleties, is one of voice and gender representation, both of which are based (especially in the Brazilian texts) on a narrative self-consciousness about the fluid relationship between language, reality, truth, and being that can be directly traced back to Machado de Assis, to Brazil's surprisingly strong female tradition, and, finally, to a cultural milieu that has long viewed assimilation (itself an effacing of rigidly maintained boundaries) as both a valid and "realistic" aspect of human existence.

Yet if this was true of Spanish America, it was even more true of Brazil, whose narrative tradition shows a different historical development. Thus, because the Brazilian new narrativists were simply continuing an evolutionary process already underway for nearly a century, the advent of their new novel was not as anomalous an event as it was in Spanish America. The sense that its new novel was an altogether new thing was thus much less keen in Brazil, where there was a flourishing tradition of iconoclastic and radically experimental precedents, such as Machado de Assis's As Memórias Póstumas de Brás Cubas (1880), Raul Pompéia's O Atenéu (1888), Euclides da Cunha's Os Sertões (1902), Mário de Andrade's Macunaíma (1928), Oswald de Andrade's Memórias Sentimentais de João Miramar (1924) and Serafim Ponte Grande (1933), Patricia Galvão's Parque Industrial (1933), Ciro dos Anjos's O Amanuense Belmiro (1937), Clarice Lispector's Perto do Coração Selvagem (1944), Dinah Silveira de Queiroz's Margarida La Rocque (1949), Lygia Fagundes Telles's Ciranda de Pedra (1954), and Lúcio Cardoso's Crônica da Casa Assassinada (1959).

The Latin American new novel thus represents a realization that at any given moment "reality" is multidimensional and that language (the writer's prima materia) is volatile because it is itself inherently ambiguous, particularly in regard to the crucial question of meaning. Brazil and Spanish America, however, shaped by different historical developments, had differing attitudes toward the concept of ambiguity. Comparatively less tied to a tradition of an extrinsic mode of reference (one that uses society as the norm) and more accepting of the inevitable variety issuing from an intrinsic mode of reference (one that relies on individual perspectives), Brazilian literature has shown itself willing to challenge and efface boundaries that (as in the case of gender) have been maintained in Spanish America up to the time of Puig and Sarduy.

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