Killer Books: Writing, Violence, and Ethics in Modern Spanish American Narrative Aníbal González

ISBN: 9780292728394

Published: January 15th 2002

Hardcover

175 pages


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Killer Books: Writing, Violence, and Ethics in Modern Spanish American Narrative  by  Aníbal González

Killer Books: Writing, Violence, and Ethics in Modern Spanish American Narrative by Aníbal González
January 15th 2002 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, talking book, mp3, RTF | 175 pages | ISBN: 9780292728394 | 7.27 Mb

An?bal Gonz?lezs book is a rich, exquisitely erudite, highly original, brilliantly argued essay about profound ethical issues in the history of writing literature in Spanish America. . . . It is the work of a consummate and recognized critic at theMoreAn?bal Gonz?lezs book is a rich, exquisitely erudite, highly original, brilliantly argued essay about profound ethical issues in the history of writing literature in Spanish America.

. . . It is the work of a consummate and recognized critic at the height of his powers. --C?sar A. Salgado, Associate Professor of Spanish and Portuguese, University of Texas at Austin Writing and violence have been inextricably linked in Spanish America from the Conquest onward. Spanish authorities used written edicts, laws, permits, regulations, logbooks, and account books to control indigenous peoples whose cultures were predominantly oral, giving rise to a mingled awe and mistrust of the power of the written word that persists in Spanish American culture to the present day.

In this masterful study, An?bal Gonz?lez traces and describes how Spanish American writers have reflected ethically in their works about writings relation to violence and about their own relation to writing. Using an approach that owes much to the recent turn to ethics in deconstruction and to the works of Jacques Derrida and Emmanuel Levinas, he examines selected short stories and novels by major Spanish American authors from the late nineteenth through the twentieth centuries: Manuel Guti?rrez N?jera, Manuel Zeno Gand?a, Teresa de la Parra, Jorge Luis Borges, Alejo Carpentier, Gabriel Garc?a M?rquez, and Julio Cort?zar.

He shows how these authors frequently display an attitude he calls graphophobia, an intense awareness of the potential dangers of the written word.



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