Polemics of Possession in Spanish American Narrative

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Yale University Press, 2007 - 448 pages
In this book on early Latin American narrative, Rolena Adorno argues that the core of the Spanish American literary tradition consists of the writings in which the rights to Spanish dominion in the Americas and the treatment of its natives were debated. She places the works of canonical Spanish and Amerindian writers of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries within this larger polemic and shows how their works sought credibility within the narrative system itself, rather than in the irretrievable historical events that lay outside it. The triumph of the narrative mode over historical content is further revealed in Adorno's demonstration of how these authors and their historical protagonists have been polemically reinvented up to the present day. Adorno traces the elaboration and persistence of colonial-era debates cast in narrative form to arrive at a new understanding of the role the "polemics of possession" plays in the history of Latin American literature and thought.
 

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The Polemics of Possession in Spanish American Narrative
1
2 Felipe Guaman Poma de Ayala and the Polemics of Possession
21
3 Fray Bartolomé de las Casas Polemicist and Author
61
4 Councilors Warring at the Royal Court
99
5 Historians of War and Princely Warriors
125
6 The Encomendero and His Literary Interlocutors
148
7 The ConquistadorChronicler and His Literary Authority
172
8 The Amerindian Studied Interpreted and Imagined
191
9 The Narrative Invention of Gonzalo the Warrior
220
10 The Narrative Reinvention of the ConquerorCaptive
246
Literary Places and Their Predecessors
279
The Longevity of Serpents in Sandals
308
Notes
325
Bibliography
383
Index
415
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