Hector Hoyos challenges world literature as a homogenizing literary endeavor, focusing on how globalizing Latin American authors innovated aspects of form, voice, perspective, representation.


Genre: Books, Scholarship.

Full Title:  Beyond Bolaño: The Global Latin American Novel.

Author: Hector Hoyos, Assistant Professor of Latin American Literature and Culture at Stanford University.

Publisher: Columbia University Press.

Place: New York, NY.

Description: In Beyond Bolaño, Hector Hoyos takes up the received notion of world literature and globalization as projects of homogenization, revealing how Latin American authors responded to the post-1989 period and its globalizing processes with innovations in form and aesthetics.

The focus of Hoyos’ analysis includes the post-1989 narrative fiction of Roberto Bolaño, César Aira, Mario Bellatin, Diamela Eltit, Chico Buarque, Alberto Fuguet, and Fernando Vallejo. He pays most attention to their altering of form, voice, perspective, and representation in an overarching argument he advances that such writerly choices were responses to and engagements with literary, social and political forces of the period. The results are alterations of and variations in the very corpus of world literature, asking us to also rethink the extent to which globalization was either a fulcrum for homgenization, or a point where global hegemony could be felt, responded to, described, examined, questioned.

For more, see the book’s publication site at Columbia University Press.

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