In recent decades, the international recognition of Nobel Laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez has placed Colombian writing on the global literary map. A History of Colombian Literature explores the genealogy of Colombian poetry and prose from the colonial period to the present day. Beginning with a comprehensive introduction that charts the development of a national literary tradition, this History includes extensive essays that illuminate the cultural and political intricacies of Colombian literature. Organized thematically, these essays survey the multilayered verse and fiction of such diverse writers as Jose Eustacio Rivera, Tomas Carrasquilla, Alvaro Mutis, and Dario Jaramillo Agudelo. Written by a host of leading scholars, this History also devotes special attention to the lasting significance of colonialism and multiculturalism in Colombian literature. This book is of pivotal importance to the development of Colombian writing and will serve as an invaluable reference for specialists and students alike.
Raymond L. Williams is Distinguished Professor of Spanish at the University of California, Riverside. His scholarly work has been recognized in Colombia with the Order of San Carlos. His books include The Twentieth-Century Spanish American Novel, The Modern Latin American Novel, and The Colombian Novel, 1844-1987.
1. Colonial realities and colonial literature in 'Colombia' Michael Palencia-Roth; 2. Cosmography, ethnography, and the literary imagination of the new kingdom of Granada Elizabeth Pettinaroli; 3. Colombian poetry from the colonial period to the modernismo (1500-1920) James Alstrum; 4. Reflections on the historiography of the Colombian novel, 1844-1953 and beyond Kevin Guerrieri; 5. Modern Colombian poetry: from modernism to the twenty-first century James Alstrum; 6. The Colombian novel in the late twentieth century Raymond L. Williams and Marina Najera; 7. Twenty-first century fiction Claire Taylor and Raymond L. Williams; 8. Colombian theater: staging the sociopolitical body Lucia Garavito; 9. The Colombian essay Hector Hoyos; 10. Literature, culture, and society of the Magdalena Rivera Rory O'Bryen; 11. The highland region as seen by an outsider inside, and an insider outside Juan Carlos Gonzalez Espitia; 12. Racial fictions: constructing whiteness in nineteenth-century Colombian literature Mercedes Lopez Rodriguez; 13. Literature and culture in Antioquia: between stories and accounts Juan Luis Mejia; 14. Colombian marginalized literatures Valentin Gonzalez-Bohorquez and Diana Dodson-Lee; 15. Garcia Marquez as public intellectual Gene Bell-Villada; 16. Women writers in Colombia Claire Taylor; 17. Colombian queer narrative Gina Ponde de Leon; 18. Extracting nature: toward an ecology of Colombian narrative Mark Anderson and Marcela Reales; 19. Visions of nature: Colombian literature and the environment from the colonial period to the nineteenth century Ana Maria Mutis and Elizabeth Pettinaroli; 20. The intersections between poetry and fiction in two Colombian writers of the twentieth century: Alvaro Mutis and Dario Jaramillo Agudelo Enrique Salas-Durazo; 21. Colombian literature: national treasure or fraud? Dario Jaramillo Agudelo; 22. Colonial legacies and Colombian literature: postcolonial considerations Elzbieta Sklodowska.