The Picaresque and the Writing Life in Mexico

This book studies picaresque narratives from 1690 to 2013, examining how this literary form serves as a reflection on the material conditions necessary for writing literature in Mexico.

Author: Jorge Téllez

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ISBN: 0268200173

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This book studies picaresque narratives from 1690 to 2013, examining how this literary form serves as a reflection on the material conditions necessary for writing literature in Mexico. In The Picaresque and the Writing Life in Mexico, Jorge Téllez argues that Mexican writers have drawn on the picaresque as a device for pondering what they regard as the perils of intellectual and creative labor. Surveying ten narratives from 1690 to 2013, Téllez shows how, by and large, all of them are iterations of the same basic structure: pícaro meets writer; picaro tells life story; writer eagerly writes it down. This written mediation (sometimes fictional but other times completely factual) is presented as part of a transaction in which it is rarely clear who is exploiting whom. Highlighting this ambiguity, Téllez's study brings into focus the role that the picaresque has played in the presentation of writers as disenfranchised and vulnerable subjects. But as Téllez demonstrates, these narratives embody a discourse of precarity that goes beyond pícaros, and applies to all subjects who engage in the production and circulation of literature. In this way, Téllez shows that the literary form of the picaresque is, above all, a reflection on the value of literature, as well as on the place and role of writing in Mexican society more broadly. The Picaresque and the Writing Life in Mexico is a unique work that suggests new paths for studying the reiteration of literary forms across centuries. Looking at the picaresque in particular, Téllez offers a new interpretation of this genre within its national context and suggests ways in which this genre remains relevant for reflecting on literature in contemporary society. It will be of interest to students and scholars of Latin American studies, Mexican cultures and literatures, and comparative literature.
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Mexican Literature as World Literature

His forthcoming book with Notre Dame University Press, titled Precarious Narratives: The Picaresque and the Writing Life in Mexico, 1690–2013, ...

Author: Ignacio M. Sánchez Prado

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 9781501374807

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 280

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Mexican Literature as World Literature is a landmark collection that, for the first time, studies the major interventions of Mexican literature of all genres in world literary circuits from the 16th century forward. This collection features a range of essays in dialogue with major theorists and critics of the concept of world literature. Authors show how the arrival of Spanish conquerors and priests, the work of enlightenment naturalists, the rise of Mexican academies, the culture of the Mexican Revolution, and Mexican neoliberalism have played major roles in the formation of world literary structures. The book features major scholars in Mexican literary studies engaging in the ways in which modernism, counterculture, and extinction have been essential to Mexico's world literary pursuit, as well as studies of the work of some of Mexico's most important authors: Sor Juana, Carlos Fuentes, Octavio Paz, and Juan Rulfo, among others. These essays expand and enrich the understanding of Mexican literature as world literature, showing the many significant ways in which Mexico has been a center for world literary circuits.
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The Life and Works of Jose Joaquin Fernandez de Lizardi

His contribution was that which no other picaresque writer attempted -- pen pictures of Mexican life . Doctor Sangredo in Gil Blas is , no doubt ...

Author: Jefferson Rea Spell

Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press

ISBN: 9781512820447

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 141

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A Mexican literary and political figure of the early nineteenth century whose writings present the best existing portrayal of Spanish colonial society.
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Vagabond Life in Mexico

The licentiate passed before his two clients, the Mexican and the American, signing them to ... said the licentiate, "have you writing materials with you?

Author: Gabriel Ferry

Publisher: Good Press

ISBN: EAN:4064066169473

Category: Fiction

Page: 247

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"Vagabond Life in Mexico" by Gabriel Ferry. Published by Good Press. Good Press publishes a wide range of titles that encompasses every genre. From well-known classics & literary fiction and non-fiction to forgotten−or yet undiscovered gems−of world literature, we issue the books that need to be read. Each Good Press edition has been meticulously edited and formatted to boost readability for all e-readers and devices. Our goal is to produce eBooks that are user-friendly and accessible to everyone in a high-quality digital format.
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The Writer s Experience

As a form, picaresque story telling is not of major importance. ... ́til de Pito Pérez in Mexico; Herna ́ndez's Martın Fierro and parts of Marechal's Ada ́n ...

Author: Peter G. Earle

Publisher: Bucknell University Press

ISBN: 9780838756607

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 183

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These essays reflect a view admittedly skeptical of the movements, isms, and theories devised by many scholars in their reading of important writers. Earle prefers to see Cervantes, Miguel de Unamuno, Gabriela Mistral, and Garcia Marquez, for example, as basically autonomous. Like most great authors, they don't fit within trends. Two words in this book's subtitle - self and circumstance - signal a concept of the writer's function in Spain and Hispanic America as primarily autobiographical and historical. Ortega y Gasset's declaration, Yo soy yo y mi circunstancia, is really every writer's dictum - particularly of those in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries who experienced in a vital way the ambiguities of the modern Hispanic World.
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Ethnic American Literature An Encyclopedia for Students

These writers, like some who are part Mexican, such as Anthony Quinn, ... as did Ramon Perez in his depiction of picaresque adventures as an illegal, ...

Author: Emmanuel S. Nelson

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 9781610698818

Category: Literary Criticism

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Unlike any other book of its kind, this volume celebrates published works from a broad range of American ethnic groups not often featured in the typical canon of literature. • Highlights the most important print and electronic resources on multicultural literature through a detailed bibliography • Features entries from 50 contributors, all of whom are experts in their fields • Includes cultural works not often highlighted in traditional textbooks, such as Iranian American literature, Dominican American literature, and Puerto Rican American literature
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Nineteenth century Literature Criticism

His contribution was that which no other picaresque writer attemptedpen pictures of Mexican life . Doctor Sangredo in Gil Blas is , no doubt , the prototype ...

Author: Laurie Lanzen Harris

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ISBN: UOM:39015068882615

Category: Literature, Modern

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Excerpts from criticism of the works of novelists, poets, playwrights, short story writers and other creative writers who lived between 1800 and 1900, from the first published critical appraisals to current evaluations.
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Autobiographical Writing by Early Modern Hispanic Women

The text presents a chronological account of the protagonist's life from its ... In contrast to the confessional tone often found in the picaresque, ...

Author: Elizabeth Teresa Howe

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317176923

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 320

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Women’s life writing in general has too often been ignored, dismissed, or relegated to a separate category in those few studies of the genre that include it. The present work addresses these issues and offers a countervailing argument that focuses on the contributions of women writers to the study of autobiography in Spanish during the early modern period. There are, indeed, examples of autobiographical writing by women in Spain and its New World empire, evident as early as the fourteenth-century Memorias penned by Doña Leonor López de Cordóba and continuing through the seventeenth-century Cartas of Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz. What sets these accounts apart, the author shows, are the variety of forms adopted by each woman to tell her life and the circumstances in which she adapts her narrative to satisfy the presence of male critics-whether ecclesiastic or political, actual or imagined-who would dismiss or even alter her life story. Analyzing how each of these women viewed her life and, conversely, how their contemporaries-both male and female-received and sometimes edited her account, Howe reveals the tension in the texts between telling a ’life’ and telling a ’lie’.
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Mexican Picaresque Narratives

In sum , although it is devoid of metafiction and reference to Tlatelolco , El Chanfalla includes considerations dealing with life in Mexico City , identity ...

Author: Timothy G. Compton

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ISBN: UOM:39015040574223

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 149

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"This book examines eight narratives that illustrate the picaresque subgenre and its episodic structure, a subgenre featured in many Mexican narratives. In this type of narrative, a single protagonist provides the only link between episodes; survives by cunning in a world marked by hunger and physical deprivation; serves many masters and acts in many roles; is generally alienated; and meets many characters, who form a gallery of human types. All eight narratives are shown to share many of the attributes of the picaresque family, yet each constitutes a unique artistic creation, with variations in context, narrative technique, style, setting, characterization, and focus."--BOOK JACKET.
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The Oxford History of Mexico

... writers had produced a body of poetry and fiction that was uniquely Mexican in subject and theme if not in form, starting with the picaresque though ...

Author: Michael C. Meyer

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780195112283

Category: History

Page: 709

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Despite growing curiosity about Mexico due to increased trade and commerce, tourism, and immigration, there is presently no up-to-date, accessible history of Mexico for general readers. Drawing on radical changes in scholarship on Mexico in the past 15 years, 'The Oxford History of Mexico' covers all aspects of the rich history of Mexico from precolonial times to the present. Covering topics including history, politics, religion, technology, modernization, ethnicity, and gender, 'The Oxford History of Mexico' provides a wealth of information for all readers interested in Mexico. The book is fully illustrated, with black and white photos throughout and a sixteen page colour insert. Backmatter includes suggestions for further reading, an index, and a glossary.
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Private Topographies

locations and to the time of the writing” (122). ... Yet besides prolonging the life of the picaresque paradigm well beyond its historical demise,20 ...

Author: M. Grzegorczyk

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9781403978639

Category: Social Science

Page: 191

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In Private Topographies, Grzegorczyk identifies and analyzes the types of postcolonial subjectivity prevalent among the Creole (Euro-American) ruling classes in post-independence, nineteenth-century century Latin America as articulated through their relation to their surroundings. Exactly how did creole elites change their self-conception in the wake of independence? In what ways and why did they feel compelled to restructure their personal space? What contradictions did they respond to? Where and how were the boundaries between public and private constructed? How were the categories of race and gender relevant to this process? For the first time, this book links together political transitions (the end of the colonial period in Latin America) with "implacements" - attempts that people make to reorganize the space around them. By looking at cartographies of states and regions, the structure of towns, and appearance and lay-out of homes in literature from Mexico, Argentina and Brazil from this nineteenth century period of transition, Grzegorczyk sheds new light on the ways a culture remakes itself and the mechanisms through which subjectivities shift during periods of political change.
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Mexican Life

On first acquaintance , it seems strange that such a learned gentleman as Don Carlos should spend his time writing a picaresque tale .

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ISBN: MINN:31951001914888G

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Easy Women

Sex and Gender in Modern Mexican Fiction Debra A. Castillo. sion to open her life story with a version of the picaresque hero's classic remittance to the ...

Author: Debra A. Castillo

Publisher: U of Minnesota Press

ISBN: 0816631131

Category: Literary Criticism

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Addresses the topic of prostitution and "easy women" in Mexican literature. The figure of the prostitute or sexually liberated woman not only permeates Mexican folk songs and popular movies but stands at the crossroads of its national literary culture. In Easy Women, Debra A. Castillo focuses on the prostitute, or the woman perceived as such, in order to ask why this character exerts such a hold on the Mexican imagination. Combining early twentieth-century novels, current best-selling pulp fiction, and testimonial narratives, Castillo explores how Mexican writers have positioned the "easy woman" in their works. In each example the transgressive woman -- marked by an active sexuality -- serves a crucial narrative function, one that both promotes and challenges myths about women on the continuum of sexual promiscuity. Ending with a discussion based on a series of in-depth interviews with sex workers in Tijuana, Castillo highlights the complexities and ambiguities of these women's professional and personal lives. Bridging Latin American literary and cultural criticism, gender studies, and studies of Mexican society, Easy Women provides a sophisticated and groundbreaking examination of the place of the sexually liberated woman in contemporary Mexican culture.
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Dictionary of Mexican Literature

ROMERO, Jose Ruben 601 origenes hasta nuestros dias (Mexico: Pornia, 1981), p. ... Life of Pito Perez) (1938), a novel that follows the picaresque tradition ...

Author: Eladio Cortés

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group

ISBN: 0313262713

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 768

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Provides entries for important writers, literary schools, and cultural movements in Mexican literary history, discussing major works, biographical sketches, and more
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A Good Map of All Things

The stories take place in the mid-twentieth century, in the high desert near the border—a stretch of land generally referred to as the Pimería Alta—an ancient passage through the desert that connected the territory of Tucson in the ...

Author: Alberto Álvaro Ríos

Publisher: University of Arizona Press

ISBN: 9780816541034

Category: Fiction

Page: 247

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In Alberto Álvaro Ríos’s new picaresque novel, momentous adventure and quiet connection brings twenty people to life in a small town in northern Mexico. A Good Map of All Things is home to characters whose lives are interwoven but whose stories are their own, adding warmth and humor to this continually surprising communal narrative. The stories take place in the mid-twentieth century, in the high desert near the border—a stretch of land generally referred to as the Pimería Alta—an ancient passage through the desert that connected the territory of Tucson in the north and Guaymas and Hermosillo in the south. The United States is off in the distance, a little difficult to see, and, in the middle of the century, not the only thing to think about. Mexico City is somewhere to the south, but nobody can say where and nobody has ever seen it. Ríos has created a whimsical yet familiar town, where brightly unique characters love fiercely and nurture those around them. The people in A Good Map of All Things have secrets and fears, successes and happiness, winters and summers. They are people who do not make the news, but who are living their lives for the long haul, without lotteries or easy answers or particular luck. Theirs is the everyday, with its small but meaningful joy. Whether your heart belongs to a small town in Mexico or a bustling metropolis, Alberto Álvaro Ríos has crafted a book that is overflowing with comfort, warmth, and the familiar embrace of a tightly woven community.
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The Mexican Novel Comes of Age

Although Mexico City was firmly in Spanish hands when the first ... reality around him as few others did and who had devoted his life to writing about it.

Author: Walter M. Langford

Publisher: Ardent Media

ISBN: 0268004501

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 229

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Writing My Life

The renowned author revisits the places and key moments in his life, evoking his encounters, friendships, marriage, travels, and especially, his experiences as a writer

Author: Wright Morris

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ISBN: UOM:39015026874183

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 484

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The renowned author revisits the places and key moments in his life, evoking his encounters, friendships, marriage, travels, and especially, his experiences as a writer
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Mexican Travel Writing

the cult of the Noble Savage , yet it was the Realist movement which more thoroughly espoused the ethnological slice - of - life approach to the middle ...

Author: Thea Pitman

Publisher: Peter Lang

ISBN: 3039110209

Category: Literary Criticism

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This book is a detailed study of salient examples of Mexican travel writing from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. While scholars have often explored the close relationship between European or North American travel writing and the discourse of imperialism, little has been written on how postcolonial subjects might relate to the genre. This study first traces the development of a travel-writing tradition based closely on European imperialist models in mid-nineteenth-century Mexico. It then goes on to analyse how the narrative techniques of postmodernism and the political agenda of postcolonialism might combine to help challenge the genre's imperialist tendencies in late twentieth-century works of travel writing, focusing in particular on works by writers Juan Villoro, Héctor Perea and Fernando Solana Olivares.
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Mexico Reading the United States

... makes about her picaresque life to one of her colleagues, only this time the ... translator, or transcriber in charge of writing down her life, ...

Author: Linda Egan

Publisher: Vanderbilt University Press

ISBN: 9780826516404

Category: History

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"A provocative and uncommon reversal of perspective."--Elena Poniatowska.
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