Cover

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Title Page, Copyright, Dedication, Epigraphs

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pp. i-viii

Contents

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pp. ix-x

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Acknowledgments

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pp. xi-2

THE CONCEPT and writing of this book are the result of indispensable support from numerous quarters. I wish to thank a host of colleagues, friends, and family members who have assisted me. I am likewise honored and wish to express my gratitude to the institutions that have nurtured this...

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Introduction

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pp. 3-16

MALIGNED, DIVISIVE, yet irrepressible, productive discussion on the literary in Latin American studies hinges on a critique of what is meant today by “literature.” This book produces a counterframework for reassessing the politics of representation and margins in Latin American experimental writings...

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1. Figurations of Immanence: Writing the Subaltern & the Feminine in Clarice Lispector

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pp. 17-43

SIFTING THROUGH Clarice Lispector’s numerous notes, fragments, chronicles, and interviews, one finds an entire archive of anti-literary statements. “Literature,” Lispector states, “is a detestable word—it’s outside the act of writing” (é fora do ato de escrever) (Outros 165).1 Literature, for Lispector...

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2. The Letter's Limit: Anti-Literature & Politics in David Viñas

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pp. 44-69

NO ARGENTINE novelist was more polemical, but neither was any novelist more maligned. To understand the reason for this, it suffices to underscore David Viñas’s thesis on the politics of aesthetics: “la estética es, en última instancia, teoría política” (De Sarmiento 133). It is not sufficient...

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3. Subversions of the Sensible: The Poetics of Antropofagia in Brazilian Concrete Poetry

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pp. 70-95

OSWALD DE ANDRADE’S legacy has been fettered by a long-standing ambiguity: was his poetry itself really poetry or was it a violently “primitive” anti-poetry? A response to this question begins with Andrade’s conception of language. In his famed manifestos, Andrade never stops framing the crisis...

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4. The Untimely Matter of Anti-Literature: The Politics of Representation in Haroldo de Campos’s Galáxias (1963–1976)

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pp. 96-118

DUE TO the crisis of the Brazilian state in the 1960s, the idea of writing becomes opposed to the traditional image of literature. Detached from its representational function, no longer encumbered by an illusion of autonomous purity, what nonconformist, anti-literary image of writing is at stake...

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5. The Antinomies of Anti-Literature: The Politics of the Baroque in Haroldo de Campos & Osman Lins

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pp. 119-162

THESE LINES appear at the conclusion of Haroldo de Campos’s second volume of poetry, Signantia: Quasi Coelum (1979). As a refl ection advancing the stakes of sensation in Campos’s project, we read Cuban writer Severo Sarduy’s response with a certain pleasure. For in these remarks Sarduy will...

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6. Writing Subaltern Redemption & Insurgency: Haroldo de Campos’s “The Left-Winged Angel of History”

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pp. 163-191

WHAT IS at stake in the field of subversion proper to the anti-literary, if not, in the end, the laying down of an unlimited plane of justice as opposed to the shadows of an identitarian state? We will return to the question of justice and anti-literature’s untimely secret later, but let us first lay down, in...

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Conclusion: The Untimely Secret of Anti-Literature

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pp. 192-198

SINCE THE 1950s, reproaches concerning the apolitical nature of Haroldo de Campos’s poems and Brazilian concrete poetry are widespread. In many respects, they recall the accusations that the Marxist cultural critic Roberto Schwarz made against Campos and his brother, Augusto, regarding...

Notes

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pp. 199-228

Works Cited

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pp. 229-250

Index

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pp. 251-258

Back Cover

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