The Latin American Short Story at its Limits
Fragmentation, Hybridity and Intermediality

Lucy Bell

Studies in Hispanic and Lusophone Cultures 4

Legenda

1 November 2014  •  188pp

ISBN: 978-1-909662-13-1 (hardback)  •  RRP £75, $99, €85

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The Latin American short story has often been viewed in terms of its relation to orality, tradition and myth. But this desire to celebrate the difference of Latin American culture unwittingly contributes to its exoticization, failing to do justice to its richness, complexity and contemporaneity. By re-reading and re-viewing the short stories of Juan Rulfo, Julio Cortázar and Augusto Monterroso, Bell reveals the hybridity of this genre. It is at once rooted in traditional narrative and fragmented by modern experience; its residual qualities are revived through emergent forms. Crucially, its oral and mythical characteristics are compounded with the formal traits of modern, emerging media: photography, cinema, telephony, journalism, and cartoon art.

Lucy Bell is a Lecturer in Spanish and Translation Studies at the University of Surrey.

Reviews:

  • ‘This study adds to the scholarly criticism of these three authors [Rulfo, Cortázar, Monterroso] and suggests a potentially productive approach that extends beyond Latin American studies into the field of Comparative Literature.’ — unsigned notice, Forum for Modern Language Studies 52.1, 2016, 113-14

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Bell, Lucy, The Latin American Short Story at its Limits: Fragmentation, Hybridity and Intermediality, Studies in Hispanic and Lusophone Cultures, 4 (Cambridge: Legenda, 2014)

First footnote reference: 35 Lucy Bell, The Latin American Short Story at its Limits: Fragmentation, Hybridity and Intermediality, Studies in Hispanic and Lusophone Cultures, 4 (Cambridge: Legenda, 2014), p. 21.

Subsequent footnote reference: 37 Bell, p. 47.

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Bell, Lucy. 2014. The Latin American Short Story at its Limits: Fragmentation, Hybridity and Intermediality, Studies in Hispanic and Lusophone Cultures, 4 (Cambridge: Legenda)

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