The Miraculous Lie: Lope de Aguirre and the Search for El Dorado in the Latin American Historical Novel

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Lexington Books, 2003 - 184 pagina's
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The golden specter of El Dorado and its promises of unlimited wealth have haunted Western iconography for centuries. The Miraculous Lie: Lope de Aguirre and the Search for El Dorado in the Latin American Historical Novel is a fascinating study of five twentieth-century Latin American novels that focus on one particular search for El Dorado: the infamous 1559 expedition, headed by Pedro Ursua and the first legendary colonial rebel against the crown, Lope de Aguirre. Author Bart Lewis approaches five works--Arturo Uslar Pietri's El Camino de El Dorado, Abel Posses's Daim-n, Miguel Otero Silva's Lope de Aquirre, Pr'ncipe de la Libertad, Jorge Ernesto Funes's Una Lanza por Lope de Aguirre, and FZlix _lvarez SOenz's Cr-nica de Blasfemos--as representations of Latin American literature during the mid to late twentieth-century and as re-examinations of the notorious figure of Lope de Aguirre. Lewis is therefore able to provide not only a successful chronology of the stylistic development of the Latin American novel, but also a thoughtful analysis of how these novels appropriate Aguirre and give a revisionist and authentic voice to the Latin American cultural founder. Wonderfully engaging and beautifully written, The Miraculous Lie examines the search for El Dorado in modern Latin American literature as the search for self-determination.
 

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A Personal Introduction
1
Lope de Aguirre in Latin American Culture Historical Figure and Literary Character
7
Why Spaniards Dreamed The Golden Legend and Colonial Searches for El Dorado
23
The UrsúaAguirre Expedition as Written Historical Record Fact That Will Become Fiction
43
Birth of a Caudillo Uslar Pietris El camino de El Dorado
61
Limited Immortality Aguirre Stalks History in Posses Daimón
89
Characterization as Historical Progression in Otero Silvas Lope de Aguirre Principe de la Libertad
107
Aguirres Dialogue with History in Jorge Ernesto Funes Una lanza por Lope de Aguirre
127
A HisStory That Will Live Forever The Supremacy of Fiction in Álvarez Sáenz Crónica de Blasfemos
143
The Eternal Pilgrim Lope de Aguirre in the Latin American Novel and Beyond
157
Appendix
163
Bibliography
165
Index
177
About the Author
Copyright

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Bart L. Lewis is an Associate Professor of Modern Languages at the University of Texas-Arlington. His more than than thirty articles on Latin American literature have appeared in such journals as Hispanic Review, Hispan-fila, Hispanic Journal, Revista Interamericana de Bibliografia, Revista Iberoamericana, Hispania, Romance Notes, and Chasqui. In 1997 he was named the Carnegie Foundation Arkansas Professor of the Year.

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