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The Writings of Carlos Fuentes

By Raymond Leslie Williams

Publication Year: 1996

Smitten by the modernity of Cervantes and Borges at an early age, Carlos Fuentes has written extensively on the cultures of the Americas and elsewhere. His work includes over a dozen novels, among them The Death of Artemio Cruz, Christopher Unborn, The Old Gringo, and Terra Nostra, several volumes of short stories, numerous essays on literary, cultural, and political topics, and some theater. In this book, Raymond Leslie Williams traces the themes of history, culture, and identity in Fuentes’ work, particularly in his complex, major novel Terra Nostra. He opens with a biography of Fuentes that links his works to his intellectual life. The heart of the study is Williams’ extensive reading of the novel Terra Nostra, in which Fuentes explores the presence of Spanish culture and history in Latin America. Williams concludes with a look at how Fuentes’ other fiction relates to Terra Nostra, including Fuentes’ own division of his work into fourteen cycles that he calls "La Edad del Tiempo," and with an interview in which Fuentes discusses his concept of this cyclical division.

Published by: University of Texas Press

Title Page, Copyright, Dedication

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CONTENTS

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pp. vii-

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PREFAC E

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pp. ix-xiii

Carlos Fuentes is one of the major writers of this century in Latin America. Smitten by the modernity of Miguel de Cervantes and Jorge Luis Borges at an early age, he has written extensively on the cultures of the Americas and those of other places in the world. His work includes more than a dozen novels, several volumes of short stories, ...

ABBREVIATIONS

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pp. xv-

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PART I An Intellectual Biography: The Journey to El Escorial and Terra Nostra

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pp. 1-46

In the sixteenth century, the Spanish Crown spread its language, as well as its cultural and political practices, across the vast geographical stretch of the Americas identified today as Latin America. In the second half of the century, the Spanish King Philip II built El Escorial as a monument to God, to the Spanish Empire, to Spain, and, of course, to himself. ...

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PART II Rereading Terra Nostra

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pp. 47-108

A summa of three decades of Carlos Fuentes’ writing career, Terra Nostra was born in the mid-sixties, even though references in his previous work, from as early as Los dıas enmascarados allude to some of the concerns of Terra Nostra.1 This novel represents the culmination of his modern project, ...

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PART III Rereading Fuentes

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pp. 109-146

Terra Nostra and El Escorial are central to an understanding of Fuentes. Nevertheless, the importance of Fuentes as a major writer of the century rests not in this one work only but in the entirety of his oeuvre. Terra Nostra contributes to the significance of his total work, and vice versa. Terra Nostra elucidates much of his other fiction, ...

APPENDIX I: La Edad del Tiempo: An Interview with Carlos Fuentes,Los Angeles, California, April 1994

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pp. 147-154

APPENDIX II: ‘‘La Edad del Tiempo’’

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pp. 155-160

NOTES

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pp. 161-168

SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY

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pp. 169-178

INDEX

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pp. 179-185


E-ISBN-13: 9780292797925
E-ISBN-10: 0292797923
Print-ISBN-13: 9780292790971
Print-ISBN-10: 029279097X

Page Count: 203
Illustrations: 1 b&w photo
Publication Year: 1996