Memory, Identity and the Historical Novel in Uruguay
Opening up the Archive 1985-2010

Karunika Kardak

Studies in Hispanic and Lusophone Cultures 52

Legenda

  31 August 2023  •  186pp

ISBN: 978-1-839540-01-1 (hardback)  •  RRP £85, $115, €99

ISBN: 978-1-839540-02-8 (paperback, forthcoming)

ISBN: 978-1-839540-03-5 (JSTOR ebook)

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In the quarter-century following Uruguay’s transition to democracy in 1985, there was a surge in the writing and popularity of historical novels. Authors such as Tomás de Mattos, Amir Hamed, Susana Cabrera, Mario Delgado Aparaín and Marcia Collazo Ibáñez engaged with archival sources, historical works, school textbooks, monuments and other forms of material culture in their bid to re-engage with the past.

In her new study, Kardak follows the trajectory of recent Uruguayan historical fiction. Though these post-transition authors do not directly represent the 1973–85 dictatorship, instead depicting events of the nineteenth century, they nevertheless use history to address very present concerns of cultural identity. Heroes of independence such as José Gervasio Artigas (1764–1850) are reassessed, and historically marginalised groups like the Indigenous Charrúas and Afro-Uruguayans are brought into the forefront of the national story.

Bibliography entry:

Kardak, Karunika, Memory, Identity and the Historical Novel in Uruguay: Opening up the Archive 1985-2010, Studies in Hispanic and Lusophone Cultures, 52 (Legenda, 2023)

First footnote reference: 35 Karunika Kardak, Memory, Identity and the Historical Novel in Uruguay: Opening up the Archive 1985-2010, Studies in Hispanic and Lusophone Cultures, 52 (Legenda, 2023), p. 21.

Subsequent footnote reference: 37 Kardak, p. 47.

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Kardak, Karunika. 2023. Memory, Identity and the Historical Novel in Uruguay: Opening up the Archive 1985-2010, Studies in Hispanic and Lusophone Cultures, 52 (Legenda)

Example citation: ‘A quotation occurring on page 21 of this work’ (Kardak 2023: 21).

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