Magical Realism and the History of the Emotions in Latin America

Magical Realism and the History of the Emotions in Latin America

by Jeronimo Arellano

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Overview

Magical Realism and the History of the Emotions in Latin America rethinks the rise and fall of magical realism in Latin America in the light of the cultural history of the emotions, and in conversation with contemporary theories of the affects. It explores how twentieth-century magical realist narrative reimagines public and collective forms of feeling, in particular the colonial history of wonder in the wake of the voyages to the New World. Magical Realism and the History of the Emotions in Latin America argues that this reconceptualization of magical realism also invites a new reading of its marked devaluation in contemporary Latin American literature, suggesting that this turning point responds to major changes in the uses and circulation of forms of emotional intensity in the present.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781611486698
Publisher: Bucknell University Press
Publication date: 06/01/2015
Pages: 244
Sales rank: 934,447
Product dimensions: 9.10(w) x 6.00(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Jerónimo Arellano is assistant professor of Latin American literature and culture at Brandeis University

Table of Contents

Notes on Translations
List of Illustrations
Acknowledgments
Introduction: Worldly Wonder
Part I: Wonder in the Colonial Heart
Chapter: One: The Intermittence of the Marvelous
Chapter Two: Columbus’s First Journal and the Materiality of the Emotions
Chapter Three: Colonial Chronicles as Archives of Feelings
Part II: The Afterlives of Feelings
Chapter Four: Alejo Carpentier’s lo real maravilloso americano and the Colonial History of Wonder
Chapter Five: The Afterlives of Feelings: Wonder as Palimpsest in Gabriel García Márquez’s Cien años de soledad
Chapter Six: In the Graveyards of Magical Realism: The Dissafection of the Marvelous and César Aira’s El mago
Bibliography
Index
About the Author

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