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Anxieties of Experience

Anxieties of Experience

The Literatures of the Americas from Whitman to BolaƱo

by Jeffrey Lawrence
Paperback
Publication Date: 02/01/2020
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Anxieties of Experience: The Literatures of the Americas from Whitman to Bola o offers a new interpretation of US and Latin American literature from the nineteenth century to the present. Revisiting longstanding debates in the hemisphere about whether the source of authority for New World literature derives from an author's first-hand contact with American places and peoples or from a creative (mis)reading of existing traditions, the book charts a widening gap in how modern US and Latin American writers defined their literary authority. In the process, it traces the development of two distinct literary strains in the Americas: the "US literature of experience" and the "Latin American literature of the reader." Reinterpreting a range of canonical works from Walt Whitman's Leaves of Grass to Roberto Bola o's 2666, Anxieties of Experience shows how this hemispheric literary divide fueled a series of anxieties, misunderstandings, and "misencounters" between US and Latin American authors. In the wake of recent calls to rethink the "common grounds" approach to literature across the Americas, the book advocates a comparative approach that highlights the distinct logics of production and legitimation in the US and Latin American literary fields. Anxieties of Experience closes by exploring the convergence of the literature of experience and the literature of the reader in the first decades of the twenty-first century, arguing that the post-Bola o moment has produced the strongest signs of a truly reciprocal literature of the Americas in more than a hundred years.
ISBN:
9780190077785
9780190077785
Category:
Literature: history & criticism
Format:
Paperback
Publication Date:
02-01-2020
Language:
English
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Country of origin:
United States
Dimensions (mm):
237x173x19mm
Weight:
0.45kg

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