Segments in this Video

Overview of 20th-Century Latin American Literature (01:25)


Out of the 20th-century of literary traditions such as magical realism, 21st-century Latin American writers break with many literary movements but do not completely escape the past.

Post-Latin American Boom Literature (02:19)

Established writers from the Latin American Boom era are now "patrons" of lesser known writers of the next generation. New writers produce alternative literature dedicated to narrative experimentation.

21st-Century Latin American Writers (03:32)

Sergio Pitol and Roberto Bola+¦o are representative of Latin America's 21st-century writers. They characteristically insert themselves into their novels as characters, the narrative perspective being that of an omnipresent spectator.

Roberto Bolaño: Narrative Diversity (04:09)

Roberto Bolaño only began publishing regularly in the late 1990s. He was widely respected figure in Spanish and Latin American letters. He published a widely acclaimed series of masterpieces, the most important of which is "The Savage Detectives."

Roberto Bolaño: Novelist (03:02)

Bolaño's intelligent and ironic style is a "game of mirrors between truth and myth." His novels include "Nazi Literature in America" and his epic "2666."

César Aira: Prolific Latin American Writer (02:53)

Aira is an Argentine writer and translator, considered by many a leading exponent of Argentine contemporary literature. His literary style is fast-paced and forward leaning, and his endings often confound his readers' standard expectations.

César Aira: Literary Critic and Non-Traditional Novelist (02:22)

Many of César Aira's novels reinterpret the gaucho tradition, giving it a post-modern viewpoint. His relationship with literature is more hedonistic than professional. He is respected for his literary criticism as well as his prose.

Mario Bellatin: Experimental Writer (02:43)

Mario Bellatin is considered an important contemporary Latin American writer who has returned the novel to prominence. His novels are considered "experimental." An excerpt is included.

Mario Bellatin's Novels (01:53)

Mario Bellatin's novel "Flowers" is composed of narrative fragments. His stories often contain horrifying details that are presented in "cold" prose. Bellatin's novels seem to have at the core a problem with deformity.

Fernando Vallejo: Important Colombian Writer (03:43)

The Colombian Fernando Vallejo is an ex-patriot based in Mexico. His prose is "rough and vigorous," and his material is mainly autobiographical. This segment features discussion of "The Henchmen's Virgin." An excerpt is included.

Male-Oriented Literature in Latin America (02:35)

The Argentinean crises of the 1990s gave rise to a chabon literature. In the language of the street, this male-oriented literature renews discussions of race, and of high and low culture. Prominent writers of this genre include Manuel Puig and Carbrera In

The Crack Movement: Return of the "Profound Novel" (04:51)

In the 1990s, two important Latin American literary trends converged: the Crack Movement and McOndo. The Crack Movement was a reaction to the Latin American Boom and includes writers Ignacio Padilla, Jorge Volpi, and Eloy Urroz.

McOndo Artists Put an End to Magical Realism (04:18)

McOndo artists can be found in art, literature, and film. The overarching intent of these artists is to answer the question, "Who are we?" The social novels of Edmundo Paz Sold+ín confound expectations and are set against anti-globalization protests.

Women in the Latin American Literary Scene (04:05)

The 21st-century ushers in many Latin American women writers. This segment focuses on Luisa Valenzuela, Diamela Eltit, Laura Restrepo, and Margo Glantz.

Shapers of Latin American Literature (03:07)

In the 21st-century, Latin American literature continues a complex interaction with the a history that reaches back to the "Popol Vuh." Featured in this segment are all the literary trends and movements that have shaped Latin American literature.

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21st-Century Trends in Latin American Literature

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Complacency has never been a hallmark of Latin American literature. As the 21st century dawned, many young writers—and even some who had fueled the Latin American Boom—grew disenchanted with the status quo. This program profiles the careers and the potential of literary artists at the forefront of the region’s emerging narrative trends. Addressing the influence of the Crack and McOndo movements—as well as an increasing overlap between cinematic and literary concerns—the program studies the work of César Aira, Ricardo Piglia, Sergio Pitol, Juan Villoro, Fernando Vallejo, Roberto Bolaño, Jorge Volpi, Alberto Fuguet, Edmundo Paz Soldán, Marosa di Giorgio, and Pedro Lemebel. Some language may be offensive. An FFH&S/Tranquilo Coproduction. (49 minutes)

Length: 50 minutes

Item#: BVL35425

ISBN: 978-1-4213-7788-9

Copyright date: ©2008

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Reviews & Awards

2008 Telly Award


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