Postnational Perspectives on Contemporary Hispanic Literature

Edited by Heike Scharm and Natalia Matta-Jara

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“Offers an array of disciplinary views on how theories of globalization and an emerging postnational critical imagination have impacted traditional ways of thinking about literature.”—Samuel Amago, author of Spanish Cinema in the Global Context: Film on Film  

Moving beyond the traditional study of Hispanic literature on a nation-by-nation basis, this volume explores how globalization is currently affecting Spanish and Latin American fiction, poetry, and literary theory.         
 
Taking a postnational approach, contributors examine works by José Martí, Carlos Ruiz Zafón, Junot Díaz, Mario Vargas Llosa, Cecilia Vicuña, Jorge Luis Borges, and other writers. They discuss how expanding worldviews have impacted the way these authors write and how they are read today. Whether analyzing the increasingly popular character of the voluntary exile, the theme of masculinity in This Is How You Lose Her, or the multilingual nature of the Spanish language itself, they show how contemporary Hispanic writers and critics are engaging in cross-cultural literary conversations.
 
Drawing from a range of fields including postcolonial, Latino, gender, exile, and transatlantic studies, these essays help characterize a new “world” literature that reflects changing understandings of memory, belonging, and identity.  
 
Heike Scharm, associate professor of Spanish at the University of South Florida, is the author of El Tiempo y el Ser en Javier Marías. Natalia Matta-Jara is a Spanish teacher at Sidwell Friends School in Washington, D.C.

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