The Usable Past: The Imagination of History in Recent Fiction of the Americas Lois Parkinson Zamora

ISBN: 9780521582537

Published: December 13th 1997

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The Usable Past: The Imagination of History in Recent Fiction of the Americas  by  Lois Parkinson Zamora

The Usable Past: The Imagination of History in Recent Fiction of the Americas by Lois Parkinson Zamora
December 13th 1997 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, audiobook, mp3, RTF | | ISBN: 9780521582537 | 7.33 Mb

How can we know the past? How can we speak of it in literary forms? Why should we want to? Concentrating on the past as both the subject of fiction and as a force for inscribing fiction, The Usable Past traces the ways in which writersMoreHow can we know the past? How can we speak of it in literary forms? Why should we want to?

Concentrating on the past as both the subject of fiction and as a force for inscribing fiction, The Usable Past traces the ways in which writers self-consciously participate in the construction of an American canon. Successfully linking Latin American and North American fiction, Lois Zamora invokes authors as diverse in origin and manner as Carlos Fuentes and Willa Cather, Jorge Luis Borges and Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Sandra Cisneros and Mario Vargas Llosa to explore issues surrounding colonisation and independence, mestizaje and melting pot, domination and self-determination, and the ambivalence of history in a new world.

The Usable Past is an elegant examination of the historical attitudes and literary practices of writers located in American time and space - locations that yield insight into American literary visions and versions of history.



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