Review of Victoria Carpenter (ed.) A World Torn Apart. Representations of Violence in Latin American Narrative

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Title: Review of Victoria Carpenter (ed.) A World Torn Apart. Representations of Violence in Latin American Narrative
Authors: Baker, Pascale
Permanent link: http://hdl.handle.net/10197/9181
Date: 2-Feb-2012
Abstract: This volume aims to look anew at violence in Latin-American narrative over the last two hundred years or so. ‘Narrative’ is conceived broadly to include historical and documentary texts, as well as literary and cinematic representations of violence. The stated remit of the collection is to challenge the ‘complacency’ towards violence in Latin-American narrative and history evident in much cultural criticism on the subject (10). The contributors undertake this task from varied theoretical perspectives and cover narratives from the entire Latin-American continent, including Brazil and the often overlooked Paraguay. The volume's editor, Victoria Carpenter, foregrounds the desire to engage with the spectrum of violence on the continent—political, racial, class-based—rather than to prioritize gendered violence, which has received the bulk of critical attention so far.
Type of material: Review
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Copyright (published version): 2012 Taylor & Francis
Keywords: Latin American literature;Violence
DOI: 10.1080/14753820.2012.646814
Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
Appears in Collections:Languages, Cultures and Linguistics Research Collection

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