Autobiographical Writing in Latin America: Folds of the Self

by Sergio R. Franco

Reviews

"El texto de Sergio Franco es, sin duda, un gran aporte al estudio de la autobiografía latinoamericana, en especial en la segunda mitad del siglo XX, donde el lugar del sujeto que escribe viene a cuestionar las nomenclaturas del canon y el lugar del autor latinoamericano, la hegemonía editorial y política de la época, y plantea otras manifestaciones de la memoria, como el testimonio y los relatos de viaje y exilio. La construcción del corpus y la metodología de Franco tiene el valor de generar nuevas conversaciones sobre la construcción de la subjetividad y su relación con lo emocional y lo íntimo. Y de esta manera plantea una cuestión que tiene un peso teórico en el presente, y esto es el lugar político de la subjetividad y, por lo tanto, de la escritura." —Revista Iberoamericana

"A superb collection of essays on the topic of autobiography ... For its variety of authors and types of autobiographical writing, its theoretical rigor and methodological approaches, and its impressive bibliography, this is a most valuable publication. This book should be included as mandatory bibliography to read in all graduate seminars." —Hispania

"Meticulous yet provocative; original yet firmly and scrupulously grounded in a wide and impressive array of carefully selected bibliographical sources; challenging on each and every page; illuminating both about autobiographical writing in Latin America and about the complexities and processes of self-writing in general: Sergio R. Franco’s new book is all of this and more. Its four studies can each stand alone yet progressively interlock, in a fascinating dialogue with one another, as the work unfurls. I have no doubt that any reader who folds him/herself carefully and attentively into this book will learn as much—both about autobiographical writing and about one’s self—as I did." —Gerald Martin, Professor Emeritus of Modern Languages, University of Pittsburgh; and author of Gabriel García Márquez: A Life and The Cambridge Introduction to Gabriel García Márquez

“Sergio R. Franco’s book advances with brilliance his project on Spanish American narratives of the self exploring the major manifestations of the genre. Latin American autobiographies and memoirs are thriving at the end of the twentieth century, nurtured by contemporary individualism, narcissism, photography, ekphrastic narrative, and procedural analogies. Exhaustiveness and a shrewd theoretical pluralism characterize the volume. Expansive and incisive, this book can and should reach general theoretical attention.” — Raúl Bueno, Professor of Spanish and Portuguese, Dartmouth College


 

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