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Week 7: Garcia Marquez and Latin American History

Novel: One Hundred Years of Solitude

 

General Reading on Colombian History:

David Bushnell, The Making of Modern Colombia: A Nation in Spite of Itself (Berkeley and London, 1993).

Stephen Minta, Gabriel García Márquez: Writer of Colombia (London 1987). Chapter 1.

Frank Safford and Marco Palacio, Colombia: Fragmented Land, Divided Society (New York and Oxford, 2002).

 

Topics to be considered and further reading: history and identity, social issues, gender, (mis)representation of historical events in fiction, relationship between history, fiction and reality

 

1: García Márquez’s conception of Latin American history and identity: the relationship between fiction, history, and reality:

Edna Aizenberg, ‘Historical Subversion and Violence of Representation in García Márquez and Ouologuem’, PMLA, 107:5 (1992), pp. 1235-52. Available online via JSTOR

J. Michael Davis, ‘An American Reflection: The Thematic Similitude in Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath and Márquez's One Hundred Years of Solitude’, Theory and Practice of Inter-American Literature: Special Collections, Jean and Alexander Heard Library, Vanderbilt University (2002). Accessible at http://www.library.vanderbilt.edu/speccol/davisj.shtml. [This is an American undergraduate interpretative essay]

Daniel Erikson, Ghosts, Metaphor and History in Toni Morrison’s Beloved and Gabriel García Márquez’s One Hundred Years of Solitude (New York, 2009).

Carlos Fuentes, ‘García Márquez: On Second Reading’ in Gene Bell-Villada (ed.), Gabriel García Márquez’s One Hundred Years of Solitude: A Casebook (Oxford, 2002), pp. 25-32.

Carlos Fuentes, Gabriel García Márquez and the Invention of America (Pamphlet, Liverpool, 1987).

Gabriel García Márquez, ‘Nobel Lecture: The Solitude of Latin America’, Gabriel García Márquez, The Nobel Prize in Literature, 1982, 2009. Accessible at http://nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/literature/laureates/1982/marquez-lecture-e.html (Also available in Julio Ortega (ed.), Gabriel Garcí Márquez and the Powers of Fiction (Austin, 1988), pp. 87-92.)

Roberto González Echevarría, Myth and Archive: A Theory of Latin American Narrative (Cambridge, 1990), Chapter One.

Robert González Echevarría, ‘Cien años de soledad: The Novel as Myth and Archive’, MLN, 99:2 (1984), pp. 358-80. Available online via JSTOR

Clive Griffin, ‘The Humour of One Hundred Years of Solitude’ in Bernard McGuirk and Richard Cardwell (eds), Gabriel García Márquez: New Readings (Cambridge, 1987). Also available in Gene Bell-Villada (ed.), Gabriel García Márquez’s One Hundred Years of Solitude: A Casebook (Oxford, 2002), pp. 53-66.

James Higgins, ‘Gabriel García Márquez: Cien años de soledad’ in Philip Swanson (ed.), Landmarks in Latin American Fiction (London and New York, 1990). Also available in Gene Bell-Villada (ed.), Gabriel García Márquez’s One Hundred Years of Solitude: A Casebook (Oxford, 2002), pp. 33-52.

John Incledon, ‘Writing and Incest in One Hundred Years of Solitude’ in Bradley Shaw and Nora Vera-Godwin (eds), Critical Perspectives on Gabriel García Márquez (Nebraska, 1986), pp. 51-64.

Lois Marie Jaeck, ‘Cien años de soledad: The End of the Book and the Beginning of Writing’, Hispania, 74:1 (1991), pp. 50-56. Available online via JSTOR

Regina Janes, One Hundred Years of Solitude: Modes of Reading (Boston, 1991). Chapter 8.

Gerald Martin, ‘On “Magical” and Social Realism in García Márquez’ in Bernard McGuirk and Richard Cardwell (eds), Gabriel García Márquez: New Readings (Cambridge, 1987).

George McMurray, ‘The Threat of “La Violencia”’ in George McMurray (ed.), Critical Essays on Gabriel García Márquez (Boston, 1987), pp. 79-85.

Kathleen McNerney, Understanding Gabriel García Márquez (Columbia, 1989). Chapter 5.

Stephen Minta, Gabriel García Márquez: Writer of Colombia (London 1987). Chapters 5 and 6

Michael Palencia-Roth, ‘Prisms of Consciousness: The “New Worlds” of Columbus and García Márquez’ in Bradley Shaw and Nora Vera-Godwin (eds), Critical Perspectives on Gabriel García Márquez (Nebraska, 1986), pp. 15-32.

Mary Pinard, ‘Time In and Out of Solitude in One Hundred Years of Solitude’ in Bradley Shaw and Nora Vera-Godwin (eds), Critical Perspectives on Gabriel García Márquez (Nebraska, 1986), pp. 65-72.

Anna Marie Taylor, ‘Cien años de soledad: History and the Novel’, Latin American Perspectives, 2:3 (1975), pp. 96-112. Available online via JSTOR

José Vázquez Amaral, The Contemporary Latin American Narrative (New York, 1970). Chapter 10.

Iris Zavala, ‘One Hundred Years of Solitude as Chronicle of the Indies’ in Gene Bell-Villada (ed.), Gabriel García Márquez’s One Hundred Years of Solitude: A Casebook (Oxford, 2002), pp. 109-26.

 

2. Society and Gender in One Hundred Years of Solitude

Stephen Minta, Gabriel García Márquez: Writer of Colombia (London 1987).

Laura Montague, ‘The Woman’s Role in One Hundred Years of Solitude, Dom Casmurro, and Surfacing’, Theory and Practice of Inter-American Literature: Special Collections, Jean and Alexander Heard Library, Vanderbilt University (2002). Accessible at http://www.library.vanderbilt.edu/speccol/montaguel.shtml [This is an American undergraduate interpretative essay]

Arnold Penuel, ‘Death and the Maiden: Demythologization of Virginity in García Márquez’s Cien años de soledad’, Hispania, 66:4 (1983), pp. 552-60. Available online via JSTOR

Lorraine Elena Roses, ‘The Sacred Harlots of One Hundred Years of Solitude’ in Gene Bell-Villada (ed.), Gabriel García Márquez’s One Hundred Years of Solitude: A Casebook (Oxford, 2002), pp. 67-78.

Robert Sims, ‘Matriarchal and Patriarchal Patterns in Gabriel García Márquez’s Leaf Storm, ‘Big Mama’s Funeral’, and One Hundred Years of Solitude: The Synergic, Mythic and Bricolage Synthesis’ in Bradley Shaw and Nora Vera-Godwin (eds), Critical Perspectives on Gabriel García Márquez (Nebraska, 1986), pp. 33-50

 

3. Why does García Márquez intentionally misrepresent the Banana Massacre in One Hundred Years of Solitude?

Gene Bell-Villada, ‘Banana Strike and Military Massacre: One Hundred Years of Solitude and What Happened in 1928’ in Gene Bell-Villada (ed.), Gabriel García Márquez’s One Hundred Years of Solitude: A Casebook (Oxford, 2002), pp. 127-38.

Joel Hart, ‘Eternal Struggles: The Role of Conflict in Inter-American Literature’ Theory and Practice of Inter-American Literature: Special Collections, Jean and Alexander Heard Library, Vanderbilt University (2002). http://www.library.vanderbilt.edu/speccol/hartj.shtml [This is an American undergraduate interpretative essay]

Eduardo Posada-Carbo, ‘Fiction as History: The Bananeras and Gabriel García Márquez’s One Hundred Years of Solitude’, Journal of Latin American Studies, 30:2 (1998), pp. 395-414. Accessible online via JSTOR

 

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