Wonder and Exile in the New World
Publication Year: 2013
Published by: Penn State University Press
Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
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When trying to express gratitude for a book on wonder, it’s tempting to begin with the budding memories of childhood, since the aptitude for wonder seems highly developed in this early stage, only to retreat and diminish in adult years. In some cases, under the pressures and routines of the mundane, it goes into hibernation. ...
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Few things enchant the human mind more than tales of travel to faraway lands. Such stories can carry us away and take us to places that are barely imaginable, places that are beyond the borders of what our mind conceives as possible or logical. There is, for this reason, something delightful and wondrous in travel narratives. ...
Chapter 1: Wonder and Exile: Mystical and Prophetic Perspectives
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In One Hundred Years of Solitude, Colonel Aureliano Buendía is born with his eyes wide open, as the author himself, Gabriel García Márquez, was reported to have come forth from the womb.1 This image of a wide-eyed child—eyes swollen and enlarged, looking like a full moon—will serve us nicely in considering the theme of wonder in the New World. ...
Chapter 2: Wanderers and Wonderers in the New World: Voices of the Dispossessed
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The European encounter with the New World remains one of the decisive events of modern world history. The shocking discovery of this continent would soon make only death the final undiscovered country. And neither Europe nor this uncharted world would remain the same. ...
Chapter 3: The Hidden God of the Baroque: Baroque Wonders, Baroque Tragedies
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If this poem by the great Portuguese poet begins as a personal lament, it suddenly becomes something broader in scope, a lament for an entire epoch. The anguish of this poet is let loose on his age to become a dark prophecy of things to come. The poet summons wonders and fears like a biblical prophet of doom or an apocalyptic seer. ...
Chapter 4: Baroque Artists in Exile: Cervantes and Sor Juana
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In the prologue to Don Quixote, the author makes a gesture toward the classic epic when he invokes the muses. He tells us that under the right conditions, even the most barren muses can bring “forth a progeny to fill the world with wonder and delight” (DQ, prologue). ...
Chapter 5: Mysticism and the Marvelous in Latin American Literature
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So, fast-forward a couple of centuries from the age of the Baroque to the twentieth century. The final piece of our story about wonder and exile in the New World concerns the emergence of a distinct style of literary representation in the twentieth century widely known as magical realism. ...
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In my concluding remarks, I want to return to the beginning of my study, where I mentioned my upbringing on the border of the U.S. Southwest (Tucson, Arizona). My family has deep roots in this part of the United States, once the territory of Spain and Mexico. ...
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Page Count: 240
Publication Year: 2013