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Narrative Irony in the Contemporary Spanish-American Novel

Author: Jonathan Tittler
Publisher: Ithaca, NY : Cornell University Press, [2019] ©1984
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : Government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"As a narrative device, irony in the Latin American novel has been treated before in a rather fragmented, non-systematic way. It needed a cohesive study based on close textual examination of several major novels. Professor Tittler has done just that and done it well. This book is the best and most comprehensive study of the ironic mode that we have."-Myron I. Lichtblau, Department of Foreign Languages and  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Criticism, interpretation, etc
Material Type: Document, Government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Jonathan Tittler
ISBN: 9781501743696 1501743694
OCLC Number: 1110714947
Language Note: In English.
Description: 1 online resource : 2 figures
Contents: Frontmatter --
Contents --
Preface --
Introduction: An Approximation To Irony --
Part I: Static Irony --
1. The Death Of Artemio Cruz: Anatomy Of A Self --
2. Pedro Paramo: The Structure Of Death --
3. Betrayed By Rita Hayworth: The Androgynous Text --
4. Three Trapped Tigers: The Absent Voice In The Gallery --
Part II: Kinetic Irony --
5. Aunt Julia And The Scriptwriter: An Affair With Irony --
6. A Manual For Manuel: Homo Lewdens --
7. The Fragmented Life Of Don Jacobo Lerner: The Esthetics Of Fragmentation --
Epilogue: Toward A Spanish-American Writing --
Works Consulted --
Index
Responsibility: Jonathan Tittler.

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"As a narrative device, irony in the Latin American novel has been treated before in a rather fragmented, non-systematic way. It needed a cohesive study based on close textual examination of several major novels. Professor Tittler has done just that and done it well. This book is the best and most comprehensive study of the ironic mode that we have."-Myron I. Lichtblau, Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, Syracuse UniversityIn this book Jonathan Tittler explores some of the many possibilities that the concept of irony holds for literary criticism. Identifying irony as a characteristic property of Spanish-American fiction, Tittler offers close readings of seven important novels: Carlos Fuentes' The Death of Artemio Cruz, Juan Rulfo's Pedro Paramo, Manuel Puig's Betrayed by Rita Hayworth, Guillermo Cabrera Infante's Three Trapped Tigers, Mario Vargas Llosa's Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter, Julio Cortazar's A Manual for Manuel, and Isaac Goldemberg's The Fragmented Life of Don Jacobo Lerner.Tittler begins with a comprehensive review of existing theories of irony, in all of which the concept of narrative distance plays a major role. Next he proposes his own innovative model for critical reading made up of two basic forms of irony, which he terms "static" and "kinetic." He then applies the model systematically to his readings of the texts-four in the static mode, and three in the kinetic, linguistically self-conscious mode. Tittler concludes by reflecting on the relationship between irony and the novel, asserting that in the light of actual events in Spanish America, the novels themselves, and the critical discourse in which they are evoked, may be regarded as ironic phenomena.

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