Wonder and Exile in the New World
Publication Year: 2013
Published by: Penn State University Press
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Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
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Table of Contents
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When trying to express gratitude for a book on wonder, it’s tempting tobegin with the budding memories of childhood, since the aptitude for won-der seems highly developed in this early stage, only to retreat and diminishin adult years. In some cases, under the pressures and routines of the mun-dane, it goes into hibernation. In my case, childhood was, indeed, the won-...
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Few things enchant the human mind more than tales of travel to farawaylands. Such stories can carry us away and take us to places that are barelyimaginable, places that are beyond the borders of what our mind conceivesas possible or logical. There is, for this reason, something delightful andwondrous in travel narratives. Perhaps they delight us for giving verbal...
Chapter 1: Wonder and Exile: Mystical and Prophetic Perspectives
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In One Hundred Years of Solitude, Colonel Aureliano Buendía is born withhis eyes wide open, as the author himself, Gabriel García Márquez, wasreported to have come forth from the womb.1 This image of a wide-eyedchild—eyes swollen and enlarged, looking like a full moon—will serve usnicely in considering the theme of wonder in the New World. From the time...
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 decisiveevents of modern world history. The shocking discovery of this continentwould soon make only death the final undiscovered country. And neitherEurope nor this uncharted world would remain the same. The introduc-tion of this territory into European consciousness would lead to a dra-...
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, itsuddenly 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 prophecyof things to come. The poet summons wonders and fears like a biblicalprophet of doom or an apocalyptic seer. As both prophecy and curse, the...
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 theclassic epic when he invokes the muses. He tells us that under the rightconditions, even the most barren muses can bring “forth a progeny to fillthe world with wonder and delight” (DQ, prologue). For everything elseit might be, literature seems to have a special, magical power to produce...
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 thetwentieth century. The final piece of our story about wonder and exile inthe New World concerns the emergence of a distinct style of literary rep-resentation in the twentieth century widely known as magical realism. Asa child of the Baroque, magical realism carries on the fascination with the...
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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 UnitedStates, once the territory of Spain and Mexico. Previous generations of minewould cross the U.S.-Mexico border (in both directions) with regularity...
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...“Alex Nava traces the multiple and inextricable operations of wonder—awe and puzzlement, marvel and mystery, exuberance and exile—in Spain and Latin America over almost five centuries. Wonder is histori-cized, beginning with European wonderment at unknown territories and peoples in the Americas, moving to the very different kinds of wonderment in Cervantes and Sor Juana, and arriving at the magical realism of our own time. The Baroque and New World Baroque overarch this far-reaching study, underpin its compara-...
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Publication Year: 2013