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Carpentier's Baroque Fiction : Returning Medusa's Gaze

Wakefield, Steve

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ISBN 10: 1855661071 / ISBN 13: 9781855661073
Editorial: Boydell & Brewer Ltd, 2004
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This study focuses on one of the first novelists to introduce a version of magical realism and the neo-baroque into Latin American fiction. Original research colours eyewitness accounts of Alejo Carpentier's travels through Spain before and during the Spanish Civil War and the inspiration that he drew from the Baroque architecture he encountered there. The origins of Carpentier's uniquely 'baroque' style are found in his endeavour to create a period ambien ce in his historical fictions through descriptions of visual arts and architectural settings, and parodies of the literary style of Spanish Golden Age writers. 'Medusa's gaze' is used as a metaphor for the petrifying power of the Baroque as a weapon of European dominance. By wielding the same weapon in an act of postcolonial defiance, Carpentier enabled a reassertion of Latin American culture, and laid the foundations for the 1960s 'Boom' in the Latin Amer ican novel. STEVE WAKEFIELD is Visiting Research Fellow at the University of New South Wales, Australia. N° de ref. de la librería 902

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Título: Carpentier's Baroque Fiction : Returning ...

Editorial: Boydell & Brewer Ltd

Año de publicación: 2004

Encuadernación: Hardcover

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This study focuses on one of the first novelists to introduce a version of magical realism and the neo-baroque into Latin American fiction. Original research colours eyewitness accounts of Alejo Carpentier's travels through Spain before and during the Spanish Civil War and the inspiration that he drew from the Baroque architecture he encountered there. The origins of Carpentier's uniquely 'baroque' style are found in his endeavour to create a period ambience in his historical fictions through descriptions of visual arts and architectural settings, and parodies of the literary style of Spanish Golden Age writers. 'Medusa's gaze' is used as a metaphor for the petrifying power of the Baroque as a weapon of European dominance. By wielding the same weapon in an act of postcolonial defiance, Carpentier enabled a reassertion of Latin American culture, and laid the foundations for the 1960s 'Boom' in the Latin American novel.Este estudio versa sobre Alejo Carpentier, uno de los primeros novelistas en introducir el realismo mágico y el neobarroco a la narrativa latinoamericana. Arroja nueva luz sobre las crónicas que el novelista cubano escribió sobre la arquitectura barroca -- tanto le impresionó ésta a Carpentier durante su estancia en España en la Guerra Civil que se convirtió en fuente de inspiración constante de su obra posterior. Se investigan cuidadosamente los orígenes del estilo barroco carpenteriano, visibles además en el ambiente de época creado en las ficciones históricas de Carpentier mediante descripciones de artes visuales y escenarios arquitectónicos, y por medio de una parodia del estilo del Siglo de Oro español. La 'mirada de Medusa' se emplea en este estudio como metáfora del 'poder petrificante' del barroco, el cual funciona como símbolo de la dominación europea. En su obra Carpentier usa este símbolo como si fuera un arma de doble filo en un acto de desafío postcolonial, así permitiendo una reafirmación de la cultura de América Latina, al mismo tiempo que poniendo los cimientos del Boom de la novela latinoamericana de los años 60.

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Steve Wakefield is a Visiting Research Fellow at the University of New South Wales, Australia

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