Practicing Memory in Central American Literature

  • Authors
  • Nicole Caso

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Introduction: Covering the Mouth of Silence

  3. The Isthmus

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 17-17
    2. Nicole Caso
      Pages 23-44
    3. Nicole Caso
      Pages 45-76
  4. The City

  5. The Nation The Nation in a Global Economy

  6. The Other Negotiating Spaces for Cultural Difference

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 185-185
    2. Nicole Caso
      Pages 233-238
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 239-288

About this book


Through penetrating analysis of twentieth-century historical fiction from Central America this book asks: why do so many literary texts in the region address historical issues? What kinds of stories are told about the past when authors choose the fictional realm to represent history? Why access memory through fiction and poetry? Nicole Caso traces the active interplay between language, space, and memory in the continuous process of defining local identities through literature. Ultimately, this book looks to the dynamic between form and content to identify potential maps that are suggested in each of these texts in order to imagine possibilities of action in the future.


America Amerikanische Literatur fiction history of literature identity national identity

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