Killer Books

Killer Books

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Writing and violence have been inextricably linked in Spanish America from the Conquest onward. Spanish authorities used written edicts, laws, permits, regulations, logbooks, and account books to control indigenous peoples whose cultures were predominantly oral, giving rise to a mingled awe and mistrust of the power of the written word that persists in Spanish American culture to the present day. In this masterful study, AnAsbal GonzAilez traces and describes how Spanish American writers have reflected ethically in their works about writing's relation to violence and about their own relation to writing. Using an approach that owes much to the recent qturn to ethicsq in deconstruction and to the works of Jacques Derrida and Emmanuel Levinas, he examines selected short stories and novels by major Spanish American authors from the late nineteenth through the twentieth centuries: Manuel GutiAcrrez NAijera, Manuel Zeno GandAsa, Teresa de la Parra, Jorge Luis Borges, Alejo Carpentier, Gabriel GarcAsa MAirquez, and Julio CortAizar. He shows how these authors frequently display an attitude he calls qgraphophobia, q an intense awareness of the potential dangers of the written word.IfI have learned anything fromthis study, itis that there is always in writing a demonic residueof error, although the ... Alonso, Roberto GonzAilez EchevarrAsa, Arturo EchavarrAsa, Luce LA³pezBaralt, Mercedes LA³pezBaralt, Sylvia Molloy, andanbsp;...

Title:Killer Books
Author:Aníbal González
Publisher:University of Texas Press - 2010-07-05


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