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ERIC Number: ED407684
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
Pages: 13
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Las historias de la narrativa hispanoamericana: Criterios, metodos y ausencias. (Histories of the Latin-American Narrative: Criteria, Methods, and Absences).
Zavalo, Lauro
This paper explains that materials on the teaching of Latin-American literature are sparse, even though most researchers in the field will dedicate much of their time to teaching. The paper adds that, in scholarly journals, little attention is given to teaching literature, and the topic is also absent from most academic congresses. The paper then considers teaching methods, and when certain subjects and topics should be taught, i.e., whether on undergraduate, master's, or doctoral level. It discusses the Latin-American literary canon and the organization of the various available literary histories elaborated by individual authors during the past 25 years--these histories number 34. The paper focuses on general works but also includes works on specific aspects of the Latin-American narrative. According to the paper, most histories are elaborated in one of 5 ways: by periods and literary technique; by generations; narrative as a search for cultural identity; analysis of specific texts; and reader response and interpretation. The paper considers the histories by diachronic and synchronic perspectives--diachronic being those organized by countries, authors, generations, cycles, etc.; synchronic being those organized by identity and mask, narrative structure, short story theory, etc. The paper also discusses narrative literature which is viewed as marginal to the canon, such as that written by women, epistolar narrative, ultra-short stories, and that produced by Hispanic Americans. The paper concludes by suggesting some teaching techniques. Contains 35 references and an appended history of Mexican narrative in the 20th century. (NKA)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Information Analyses
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Language: Spanish
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