Rain Forest Literatures: Amazonian Texts and Latin American Culture (Cultural Studies of the Americas, V. 16)
Lucia SaISBN: 0816643253;
Book DescriptionNative texts of the Amazonian rain forest have been viewed as myth or ethnographic matter?the raw material of literature?rather than as significant works in their own right. But in this unprecedented study, Lucia Sa approaches indigenous texts as creative works rather than source material. Disclosing the existence and nature of longstanding, rich, and complex Native American literary and intellectual traditions that have typically been neglected or demeaned by literary criticism, Rain Forest Literatures analyzes four indigenous cultural traditions: the Carib, Tupi-Guarani, Upper Rio Negro, and Western Arawak. In each case, Sa considers principal native texts and, where relevant, their publication history. Sheoffers a historical overview of the impact of these texts on mainstream Spanish-American and Brazilian literatures, detailing comparisons with native sources and making close analyses of major instances, such as Mario de...
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