The Devil to Pay in the Backlands

The Devil to Pay in the Backlands
Author: João Guimarães Rosa
Publisher: New York : Knopf
Total Pages: 522
Release: 1963
Genre: Brazilian fiction
ISBN:

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A NOVEL OF NORTHERN BRAZIL BY ONE OF THE LEADING BRAZILIAN AUTHORS.

The Synthesis Novel in Latin America

The Synthesis Novel in Latin America
Author: Eduardo de Faria Coutinho
Publisher: Unc Department of Romance Studies
Total Pages: 190
Release: 1991
Genre: Literary Criticism
ISBN:

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Eduardo de Faria Coutinho's analysis of Grande Sertao: Veredas places the novel at the intersection of experience, literary history, and artistry. Walking the text's balance between the real and the imaginary, and focusing his reading on the thread of ambivalence that snakes its way throughout, Coutinho weaves together the text's dichotomies between ethics and aesthetics, rural regionalism and urban universalization, and socioeconomic and psychological epistemologies. This book also serves to place Grande Sertao: Veredas in the trajectory of the history of the Latin American novel, creating an accessible point of entry to the genre, and grounding the text firmly within the literary tradition.

Fictional Environments

Fictional Environments
Author: Victoria Saramago
Publisher: Northwestern University Press
Total Pages: 354
Release: 2020-11-15
Genre: Literary Criticism
ISBN: 0810142619

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Finalist, 2022 ASLE Ecocritical Book Award Fictional Environments: Mimesis, Deforestation, and Development in Latin America investigates how fictional works have become sites for the production of knowledge, imagination, and intervention in Latin American environments. It investigates the dynamic relationship between fictional images and real places, as the lasting representations of forests, rural areas, and deserts in novels clash with collective perceptions of changes like deforestation and urbanization. From the backlands of Brazil to a developing Rio de Janeiro, and from the rainforests of Venezuela and Peru to the Mexican countryside, rapid deforestation took place in Latin America in the second half of the twentieth century. How do fictional works and other cultural objects dramatize, resist, and intervene in these ecological transformations? Through analyses of work by João Guimarães Rosa, Alejo Carpentier, Juan Rulfo, Clarice Lispector, and Mario Vargas Llosa, Victoria Saramago shows how novels have inspired conservationist initiatives and offered counterpoints to developmentalist policies, and how environmental concerns have informed the agendas of novelists as essayists, politicians, and public intellectuals. This book seeks to understand the role of literary representation, or mimesis, in shaping, sustaining, and negotiating environmental imaginaries during the deep, ongoing transformations that have taken place from the 1950s to the present.

Libre Acceso

Libre Acceso
Author: Susan Antebi
Publisher: SUNY Press
Total Pages: 292
Release: 2015-12-02
Genre: Social Science
ISBN: 143845967X

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Analyzes the diverse roles and pervasive presence of disability in Latin American literature and film. Libre Acceso stages an innovative encounter between disciplines that have remained quite separate: Latin American literary, film, and cultural studies and disability studies. It offers a much-needed framework to engage the representation, construction, embodiment, and contestation of human differences, and provides tools for the urgent resignification of a robust and diverse Latin American literary and filmic tradition. The contributors discuss such topics as impairment, trauma, illness and the body, performance, queer theory, subaltern studies, and human rights, while analyzing literature and film from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Cuba, Mexico, and Peru. They explore these issues through the work of canonical figures Jorge Luis Borges, Gabriel García Márquez, João Guimarães Rosa, and others, as well as less well-known figures, including Mario Bellatin and Miriam Alves.

Advancing Equity Planning Now

Advancing Equity Planning Now
Author: Norman Krumholz
Publisher: Cornell University Press
Total Pages: 183
Release: 2019-01-15
Genre: Social Science
ISBN: 150173038X

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What can planners do to restore equity to their craft? Drawing upon the perspectives of a diverse group of planning experts, Advancing Equity Planning Now places the concepts of fairness and equal access squarely in the center of planning research and practice. Editors Norman Krumholz and Kathryn Wertheim Hexter provide essential resources for city leaders and planners, as well as for students and others, interested in shaping the built environment for a more just world. Advancing Equity Planning Now remind us that equity has always been an integral consideration in the planning profession. The historic roots of that ethical commitment go back more than a century. Yet a trend of growing inequality in America, as well as other recent socio-economic changes that divide the wealthiest from the middle and working classes, challenge the notion that a rising economic tide lifts all boats. When planning becomes mere place-making for elites, urban and regional planners need to return to the fundamentals of their profession. Although they have not always done so, planners are well-positioned to advocate for greater equity in public policies that address the multiple objectives of urban planning including housing, transportation, economic development, and the removal of noxious land uses in neighborhoods. Thanks to generous funding from Cleveland State University, the ebook editions of this book are available as Open Access volumes from Cornell Open (cornellpress.cornell.edu/cornell-open) and other repositories.

Bandit Narratives in Latin America

Bandit Narratives in Latin America
Author: Juan Pablo Dabove
Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Press
Total Pages: 368
Release: 2017-05-31
Genre: Literary Criticism
ISBN: 0822982323

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Bandits seem ubiquitous in Latin American culture. Even contemporary actors of violence are framed by narratives that harken back to old images of the rural bandit, either to legitimize or delegitimize violence, or to intervene in larger conflicts within or between nation-states. However, the bandit escapes a straightforward definition, since the same label can apply to the leader of thousands of soldiers (as in the case of Villa) or to the humble highwayman eking out a meager living by waylaying travelers at machete point. Dabove presents the reader not with a definition of the bandit, but with a series of case studies showing how the bandit trope was used in fictional and non-fictional narratives by writers and political leaders, from the Mexican Revolution to the present. By examining cases from Argentina, Brazil, Mexico, Peru, and Venezuela, from Pancho Villa’s autobiography to Hugo Chávez’s appropriation of his “outlaw” grandfather, Dabove reveals how bandits function as a symbol to expose the dilemmas or aspirations of cultural and political practices, including literature as a social practice and as an ethical experience.

I the Supreme

I the Supreme
Author: Augusto Roa Bastos
Publisher: Vintage
Total Pages: 450
Release: 2019-02-26
Genre: Fiction
ISBN: 0525564691

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I the Supreme imagines a dialogue between the nineteenth-century Paraguayan dictator known as Dr. Francia and Policarpo Patiño, his secretary and only companion. The opening pages present a sign that they had found nailed to the wall of a cathedral, purportedly written by Dr. Francia himself and ordering the execution of all of his servants upon his death. This sign is quickly revealed to be a forgery, which takes leader and secretary into a larger discussion about the nature of truth: “In the light of what Your Eminence says, even the truth appears to be a lie.” Their conversation broadens into an epic journey of the mind, stretching across the colonial history of their nation, filled with surrealist imagery, labyrinthine turns, and footnotes supplied by a mysterious “compiler.” A towering achievement from a foundational author of modern Latin American literature, I the Supreme is a darkly comic, deeply moving meditation on power and its abuse—and on the role of language in making and unmaking whole worlds.

Água Viva

Água Viva
Author: Clarice Lispector
Publisher: New Directions Publishing
Total Pages: 105
Release: 2012-06-13
Genre: Fiction
ISBN: 0811219909

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Lispector at her most philosophically radical.

The Brothers

The Brothers
Author: Milton Hatoum
Publisher: Macmillan + ORM
Total Pages: 241
Release: 2002-06-06
Genre: Fiction
ISBN: 1429932201

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Introducing a major new voice in Brazilian letters. Set among a Lebanese immigrant community in the Brazilian port of Manaus, The Brothers is the story of identical twins, Yaqub and Omar, whose mutual jealousy is offset only by their love for their mother. But it is Omar who is the object of Zana's Jocasta-like passion, while her husband, Halim, feels her slipping away from him, as their beautiful daughter, RGnia, makes a tragic claim on her brothers' affection. Vivid, exotic, and lushly atmospheric, The Brothers is the story of a family's disintegration, of a changing city and the culture clash between the native-born inhabitants and a new immigrant group, and of the future the next generation will make from the ruins.

The Jaguar and Other Stories

The Jaguar and Other Stories
Author: João Guimarães Rosa
Publisher: Boulevard Books
Total Pages: 200
Release: 2001
Genre: Brazil
ISBN:

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Rosa (1908-1967) was one of the most acclaimed Brazilian writers of the 20th century, exploring the twisting frontiers between 'white man' and Indio, human and animal kind, city and backwoods life, madness and sanity, all themes that he examined with unflagging originality of throught and language. This paperback original contains entirely new translations of his best pieces.