Narrative and National Allegory in Rómulo Gallegos's Venezuela

Jenni M. Lehtinen

MHRA Texts and Dissertations 88

Modern Humanities Research Association

31 January 2013  •  186pp

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Venezuela’s preeminent educator, politician, and most important author Rómulo Gallegos (1884-1969) left a lasting imprint on how Venezuelans conceive of their national history and identity. Jenni Lehtinen offers the first full-length study of Gallegos’s later Venezuelan novels, Canaima (1935), Pobre negro (1937), and Sobre la misma tierra (1943), which have been up to now eclipsed by the critical attention devoted to Doña Bárbara (1929). By combining close-readings organized around national allegory and narrative structure with discussions about Gallegos’s socio-political essays, the study reveals previously ignored, radical developments in the Venezuelan author’s ideologies. Through her bold reinterpretation of the later novels, Lehtinen reveals Gallegos as a far more innovative writer than has been traditionally appreciated.

Jenni Lehtinen completed her doctoral studies in Spanish American literature at Wolfson College, University of Oxford, where she has held various teaching posts and lectured on Nation and Narration.

Reviews:

  • ‘Lehtinen’s book will remain an indispensable contribution to the critical corpus on Gallegos and to Venezuelan studies in general.’ — Juan Pablo Lupi, Bulletin of Spanish Studies 93, 2016, 543
  • ‘Lehtinen’s book is of interest to established Gallegos scholars and students alike, both accessible and offering up new critical insights. Moreover, it should also be on the radar of Venezuelan scholars more generally, since it is a study that requires us to consider how contemporary and future Venezuelan authors respond to, perpetuate, or depart from the narrative strategies and trajectories traced in and through Gallegos’s œuvre.’ — Nicholas Roberts, Modern Language Review 111.4, October 2016, 1151-52 (full text online)

Contents:

i-iv
Front Matter
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v-vi
Table of Contents
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vii-vii
Acknowledgements
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viii-viii
NOTE ON THE TEXTS
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1-32
Introduction
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33-74
Chapter 1 Canaima: A Plunge Into Pessimism
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75-116
Chapter 2 Alternative Paths To Progress in Pobre Negro
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117-163
Chapter 3 Sobre La Misma Tierra: A New Socio-Political Agenda?
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164-168
Conclusion
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169-178
Bibliography
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179-182
INDEX
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Bibliography entry:

Lehtinen, Jenni M., Narrative and National Allegory in Rómulo Gallegos's Venezuela, MHRA Texts and Dissertations, 88 (Cambridge: MHRA, 2013)

First footnote reference: 35 Jenni M. Lehtinen, Narrative and National Allegory in Rómulo Gallegos's Venezuela, MHRA Texts and Dissertations, 88 (Cambridge: MHRA, 2013), p. 21.

Subsequent footnote reference: 37 Lehtinen, p. 47.

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Lehtinen, Jenni M.. 2013. Narrative and National Allegory in Rómulo Gallegos's Venezuela, MHRA Texts and Dissertations, 88 (Cambridge: MHRA)

Example citation: ‘A quotation occurring on page 21 of this work’ (Lehtinen 2013: 21).

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