Comparative Readings in Latin American Literature
Mac Adam describes the changes that have taken place in Latin American literature since the time of Modernismo (roughly 1880-1920), when Spanish American writers tried to update their literary language by imitating foreign, mostly French, literature. Since then, as he demonstrates, Latin American writing has achieved a pioneering status by means of a different kind of imitation—parody—whereby it gives back to the former centers of Western culture their own writing, now distorted and reshaped into something new.
Introduction: Comparative Literature and Latin American Literature
1. Auden, Neruda, and Spain in 1937: Genre and Historical Moment
2. Countries of the Mind: Literary Space in Joseph Conrad and José Donoso
3. The Novel of Persecution: From William Godwin to Reinaldo Arenas
4. Lewis Carroll and Jorge Luis Borges: Mock Epic as Autobiography
5. Epic Adumbrations: Carlyle, Hardy, da Cunha, and Vargas Llosa