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Political Turmoil and Latin American Literature (01:28)

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Political turmoil across Latin America in the early 20th century influenced a new, original approach to literature. The avant garde declared war against traditional modes of artistic expression.

Latin American Authors: Alfonso Reyes (03:10)

Many Latin American authors went into exile as a result of political instability, and their movement created a mix of styles that diversified literature. Mexican author Alfonso Reyes is profiled and the significance of his work is examined.

Latin American Cultures in Literature (02:57)

A post World War II explosion of new Latin American literature became known as "the Boom." New visions of local cultures led to a reassessment of Latin American identity.

Latin American Authors: Ezequiel Estrada and Roberto Arlt (04:47)

In the early 20th century the cultural essay became central to retelling Latin American history. Argentinian authors Ezequiel Estrada and Roberto Arlt are profiled and the impact of their work is examined.

Latin American Literature and National Identity (01:32)

The mid-20th century was an era of large-scale migration which forever changed Latin American cities. The changes forced a reassessment of Latin American cultural and national identities.

Latin American Authors: Jorge Luis Borges (05:14)

Writer and critic Jorge Luis Borges became one of the foremost literary figures of the 20th century. Borges is profiled and the impact of his work is examined.

The Evolution of Latin American Author Jorge Luis Borges (03:31)

The work of Argentinian author Jorge Luis Borges united high art with popular culture. Experts examine the evolution of Borges' writing.

Latin American Literature and Politics: Poet Octavio Paz (04:17)

Latin American poetry turned in a new direction during the mid-20th century. Mexican poet and political activist Octavio Paz is profiled and the impact of his work is examined.

Latin American Literature: Pablo Neruda (02:13)

By the 1930s Chilean writer Pablo Neruda had become one of the world's greatest contemporary poets. Neruda is profiled and the impact of his work is examined.

Latin American Literature: Cesar Vallejo (01:25)

During the 1920s Peruvian poet Cesar Vallejo established himself as one of the world's preeminent poets. Vallejo is profiled and the impact of his work is examined.

Latin American Literature and Politics: Narrative and Transculturation (01:58)

In the 20th century Latin American literature saw an explosion of interest in the role of narrative in defining regional identity, class identity, and language. The works of Angel Rama and others are examined.

Latin American Authors: Alejo Carpentier (04:44)

Cuban novelist Alejo Carpentier is credited as a strong influence on what came to be known as magical realism. Carpentier is profiled and the significance of his work is examined.

Latin American Authors: Miguel Asturias (01:49)

Guatemalan novelist Miguel Asturias won the 1967 Nobel Prize in literature. Asturias is profiled and the impact of his work is examined.

Latin American Literature from the Rio de la Plata Region (02:57)

The Rio de la Plata region has its own unique form of literature. Argentinian author Julio Cortazar's work is representative of the region; he is profiled and the significance of his work is examined.

Latin American Authors: Silvina Ocampo (00:57)

Silvina Ocampo is considered one of the most significant female writers of 20th century Latin American literature. Ocampo is profiled and the impact of her work is examined.

Latin American Authors: Juan Carlos Onetti (03:52)

Uruguayan writer Juan Carlos Onetti created a Rio de la Plata style of fiction. Onetti is profiled and the impact of his work is examined.

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Narrating Modernity: Writers of the Mid-20th Century

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The mid-20th century was an era of large-scale and often tragically violent political shifts which completely changed the face of Latin American life—and art. As this program demonstrates, the rise of military dictatorships and authoritarian regimes forced a reassessment of issues that had been problematic since Latin American countries gained their independence. These dilemmas brought intense pressure on social institutions and energized the works of Jorge Luis Borges, Octavio Paz, Pablo Neruda, Roberto Arlt, César Vallejo, Alejo Carpentier, Silvina Ocampo, and Juan Carlos Onetti. The significance of the Rio de la Plata region and Ángel Rama’s concept of narrative transculturation also inform the discussion. An FFH&S/Tranquilo Coproduction. (50 minutes)

Length: 50 minutes

Item#: BVL35420

ISBN: 978-1-4213-7778-0

Copyright date: ©2008

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Reviews & Awards

2008 Telly Award

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