Literature and Subjection (Hardcover)

The Economy of Writing and Marginality in Latin America (Pitt Illuminations)

By Horacio Legras

University of Pittsburgh Press, 9780822943532, 300pp.

Publication Date: November 7, 2008

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Through theoretical, philosophical, cultural, political, and historical analysis, Horacio Legras views the myriad factors that have both formed and stifled the integration of peripheral experiences into Latin American literature. Despite these barriers, Legras reveals a handful of contemporary authors who have attempted in earnest to present marginalized voices to the Western world. His deep and insightful analysis of key works by novelists Juan José Saer (The Witness), Nellie Campobello (Cartucho), Roa Bastos (Son of Man), and Jose María Arguedas (The Fox from Up Above and the Fox from Down Below), among others, provides a theoretical basis for understanding the plight of the author, the peripheral voice, and the confines of the literary medium. What emerges is an intricate discussion of the clash and subjugation of cultures and the tragedy of a lost worldview.

About the Author

Horacio Legras is assistant professor of Spanish and Portuguese at the University of California, Irvine.

Praise For Literature and Subjection: The Economy of Writing and Marginality in Latin America (Pitt Illuminations)

“Legras's Literature and Subjection offers excellent readings of both Latin American fiction and Western theory. He illustrates the particularity of the link between Latin American fiction and history, on the one hand, and between Latin American culture and modern European epistemology on the other. This combination of discourses represents a rare feat in the field of Latin American studies, and makes for an outstanding book.”
—Brett Levinson, Binghamton University

“Legras proposes to rethink the history of Latin American literature as a project whose purpose is to deal with peripheral peoples while he analyzes its role in the machinery that creates and maintains subjection. It is a conceptual project that reorganizes the corpus in ways that allow the emergence of new insights and a novel understanding of Latin American literature.”
—Gustavo Verdesio, University of Michigan