Documents in crisis : nonfiction literatures in twentieth-century Mexico /
Beth E. Jörgensen.
Albany : State University of New York Press, c2011.
224 p.
1438439393 (hardcover : alk. paper), 9781438439396 (hardcover : alk. paper)
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Albany : State University of New York Press, c2011.
1438439393 (hardcover : alk. paper)
9781438439396 (hardcover : alk. paper)
contents note
The distinction of nonfiction -- Writing the Mexican Revolution of 1910 -- Living stories, telling lives: autobiographical writings of José Vasconcelos and María Luisa Puga -- Life writing from a popular perspective -- Chronicling crisis: late twentieth-century manifestations of the literature of encounter -- Making history: Subcomandante Marcos in the Mexican chronicle -- Conclusions.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 211-220) and index.
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
Beth E. JM rgensen is Professor of Spanish at the University of Rochester. Her books include (with coeditor Ignacio Corona) The Contemporary Mexican Chronicle: Theoretical Perspectives on the Liminal Genre, also published by SUNY Press; The Writing of Elena Poniatowska: Engaging Dialogues; and a new rendition, with notes, of Mariano Azuela's The Underdogs: A Novel of the Mexican Revolution.
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Appeared in Choice on 2012-06-01:
This book examines traditional "fact-based genres"--autobiography, chronicle, essay, ethnography, memoir, testimony, and travel writing--as undertaken by some of Mexico's best-known writers. Within a broad conceptual framework, Jorgensen (Univ. of Rochester) engages with the work of Martin Luis Guzman, Maria Luisa Puga, Jose Vasconcelos, Ricardo Pozas, and Elena Poniatowska, among others. She explores narrative representations of the Revolution of 1910, personal journals, and chronicles of periods of crisis: e.g., the Mexican government's violent reaction to the 1968 student movement, the disaster caused by the 1985 Mexico City earthquake, the urban adversities resulting from two gas explosions, and finally the leadership of Subcomandante Marcos as chief of the Zapatista uprising of 1994. For the most part, nonfiction genres are not studied as a part of Latin American literary production; Jorgensen wants to place the practice of nonfiction narrative at the center of literary studies in Mexico. Though some readers will regret the omission of the most important nonfictional topic today in Mexico--the growth of violence, and the outrageous amount of death, as a consequence of the "war on drugs" among drug cartels and the Mexican government anti-narcotics armed forces--Jorgensen does an excellent job. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through faculty. J. S. Bottaro Medgar Evers College of The City University of New York
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Main Description
In the turbulent twentieth century, large numbers of Mexicans of all social classes faced crisis and catastrophe on a seemingly continuous basis. Revolution, earthquakes, industrial disasters, political and labor unrest, as well as indigenous insurgency placed extraordinary pressures on collective and individual identity. In contemporary literary studies, nonfiction literatures have received scant attention compared to the more supposedly "creative" practices of fictional narrative, poetry, and drama. In Documents in Crisis, Beth E. Jorgensen examines a selection of both canonical and lesser-known examples of narrative nonfiction that were written in response to these crises, including the autobiography, memoir, historical essay, testimony, chronicle, and ethnographic life narrative. She addresses the relative neglect of Mexican nonfiction in criticism and theory and demonstrates its continuing relevance for writers and readers who, in spite of the contemporary blurring of boundaries between fiction and nonfiction, remain fascinated by literatures of fact. Book jacket.
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This work examines the theory and practice of nonfiction narrative literature in 20th-century Mexico.
Main Description
Examines the theory and practice of nonfiction narrative literature in twentieth-century Mexico.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Introductionp. 1
The Distinction of Nonfiction: Toward a Theoretical Frameworkp. 11
Writing the Mexican Revolution of 1910p. 27
Living Stories, Telling Lives: Autobiographical Writings of José Vasconcelos and Maria Luisa Pugap. 69
Life Writing from a Popular Perspectivep. 107
Chronicling Crisis: Late Twentieth-Century Manifestations of the Literature of Encounterp. 137
Making History: Subcomandante Marcos in the Mexican Chroniclep. 161
Conclusions: Thinking Back, Looking Aheadp. 191
Notesp. 201
Works Citedp. 211
Indexp. 221
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