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Guaman Poma: Writing and Resistance in Colonial Peru

by Rolena Adorno

In the midst of native people's discontent following Spanish conquest, a native Andean born after the fall of the Incas took up the pen to protest Spanish rule. Felipe Guaman Poma de Ayala wrote his Nueva corónica...


A Rosario Castellanos Reader: An Anthology of Her Poetry, Short Fiction, Essays and Drama

by Rosario Castellanos & Maureen Ahern

Thinker, writer, diplomat, feminist Rosario Castellanos was emerging as one of Mexico's major literary figures before her untimely death in 1974. This sampler of her work brings together her major poems, short...


La Malinche in Mexican Literature: From History to Myth

by Sandra Messinger Cypess

Of all the historical characters known from the time of the Spanish conquest of the New World, none has proved more pervasive or controversial than that of the Indian interpreter, guide, mistress, and confidante...


Haunted Greece and Rome: Ghost Stories from Classical Antiquity

by D. Felton

Stories of ghostly spirits who return to this world to warn of danger, to prophesy, to take revenge, to request proper burial, or to comfort the living fascinated people in ancient times just as they do today....


Sexuality and Being in the Poststructuralist Universe of Clarice Lispector: The Différance of Desire

by Earl E. Fitz

Driven by an unfulfilled desire for the unattainable, ultimately indefinable Other, the protagonists of the novels and stories of acclaimed Brazilian writer Clarice Lispector exemplify and humanize many of the...


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

by Aníbal González

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...


Saga of the Jomsvikings

by Lee M. Hollander

In A.D. 986, Earl Hákon, ruler of most of Norway, won a triumphant victory over an invading fleet of Danes in the great naval battle of Hjórunga Bay. Sailing under his banner were no fewer than five Icelandic...


Spanish American Poetry at the End of the Twentieth Century: Textual Disruptions

by Jill Kuhnheim

Has poetry lost its relevance in the postmodern age, unable to keep pace with other forms of cultural production such as film, mass media, and the Internet? Quite the contrary, argues Jill Kuhnheim in this pathfinding...


Beowulf: An Imitative Translation

by Ruth P.M. Lehmann

The name "Beowulf" lingers in our collective memory, although today fewer people have heard the tale of the Germanic hero's fight with Grendel, the dreadful Monster of the Mere, as recounted in this Anglo-Saxon...


The Theater of Plautus: Playing to the Audience

by Timothy J. Moore

The relationship between actors and spectators has been of perennial interest to playwrights. The Roman playwright Plautus (ca. 200 BCE) was particularly adept at manipulating this relationship. Plautus allowed...


Giving Voice to Stones: Place and Identity in Palestinian Literature

by Barbara McKean Parmenter

"A struggle between two memories" is how Palestinian poet Mahmud Darwish describes the conflict between Palestinians and Israelis. Within this struggle, the meanings of land and home have been challenged and...


Ariel

by José Enrique Rodó & Margaret Sayers Peden

First published in 1900 Uruguay, Ariel is Latin America's most famous essay on esthetic and philosophical sensibility, as well as its most discussed treatise on hemispheric relations. Though Rodó protested...


Mexican Literature: A History

by David William Foster

Mexico has a rich literary heritage that extends back over centuries to the Aztec and Mayan civilizations. This major reference work surveys more than five hundred years of Mexican literature from a sociocultural...


The Lancelot-Grail Cycle: Text and Transformations

by William W. Kibler

Composed in Old French between about 1220 and 1240, the Lancelot-Grail Cycle is a group of five prose romances centered on the love affair between Lancelot and Guenevere. It consists of an immense central core,...


Reading World Literature: Theory, History, Practice

by Sarah Lawall

As teachers and readers expand the canon of world literature to include writers whose voices traditionally have been silenced by the dominant culture, fundamental questions arise. What do we mean by "world"?...


The Mythmaker: A Study of Motif and Symbol in the Short Stories of Jorge Luis Borges

by Carter Wheelock

Readers who are intrigued, though often mystified, by the intellectual fantasies of Jorge Luis Borges will find this book a revelation, a skeleton key to one of the most fundamental and baffling aspects of Borges's...


Colonial Angels: Narratives of Gender and Spirituality in Mexico, 1580-1750

by Elisa Sampson Vera Tudela

Spain's attempt to establish a "New Spain" in Mexico never fully succeeded, for Spanish institutions and cultural practices inevitably mutated as they came in contact with indigenous American outlooks and ways...


The Writing of Elena Poniatowska: Engaging Dialogues

by Beth E. Jörgensen

Elena Poniatowska is one of Latin America's most distinguished and innovative living writers. Advocacy of women and the poor in their struggle for social and economic justice, denunciation of the repression...


Reading Arab Women's Autobiographies: Shahrazad Tells Her Story

by Nawar Al-Hassan Golley

Authors of autobiographies are always engaged in creating a "self" to present to their readers. This process of self-creation raises a number of intriguing questions: why and how does anyone choose to present...


Postethnic Narrative Criticism: Magicorealism in Oscar "Zeta" Acosta, Ana Castillo, Julie Dash, Hanif Kureishi, and Salman Rushdie

by Frederick Luis Aldama

Magical realism has become almost synonymous with Latin American fiction, but this way of representing the layered and often contradictory reality of the topsy-turvy, late-capitalist, globalizing world finds...