Writing the Apocalypse: Historical Vision in Contemporary U.S. and Latin American Fiction

Voorkant
Cambridge University Press, 28 apr. 1989 - 233 pagina's
This is a comparative literary study of apocalyptic themes and narrative techniques in the contemporary North and Latin American novel. Zamora explores the history of the myth of apocalypse, from the Bible to medieval and later interpretations, and relates this to the development of American apocalyptic attitudes. She demonstrates that the symbolic tensions inherent in the apocalytic myth have special meaning for postmodern writers. Zamora focuses her examination on the relationship between the temporal ends and the narrative endings in the works of six major novelists: Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Thomas Pynchon, Julio Cortazar, John Barth, Walker Percy, and Carlos Fuentes. Distinguished by its unique, cross-cultural perspective, this book addresses the question of the apocalypse as a matter of intellectual and literary history. Zamora's analysis will enlighten both scholars of North and Latin American literature and readers of contemporary fiction.

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Introduction The Apocalyptic Vision and Fictions of Historical Desire
1
Apocalypse and Human Time in the Fiction of Gabriel Garcia Marquez
25
Apocalypse and Entropy Physics and the Fiction of Thomas Pynchon
52
Art and Revolution in the Fiction of Julio Cortazar
76
The Apocalypse of Style John Barths SelfConsuming Fiction
97
Apocalypse and Renewal Walker Percy and the US South
120
Beyond Apocalypse Carlos Fuentess Terra Nostra
148
Individual and Communal Conclusions
176
Notes
193
Index
229
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