Professor Alonso presents his argument about the regional novel through challenging readings of three works that are universally acknowledged as archetypes of the autochthonous modality: Rivera’s La voragine, Gallegos’ Dona Barbara, and Guiraldes’ Don Segundo Sombra. He proposes a new view of the autochthonous as a discourse rather than a referent, this discourse being organized by the three intertwined categories of language, geography, and work.
“Alonso reexamines a category of Latin American fiction all but explained away in the past. He justifies…this category with arguments that by far surpass, both in intelligence and ingenuity, anything written on the subject before him…This is a very original, highly stimulating book.” Sylvia Molloy, NYU.
- The exoticism of the autochthonous
- The novela de la tierra
- Don Segundo Sombra
- Dona Barbara
- La voragine
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