The Literatures of Spanish America and Brazil: From Their Origins Through the Nineteenth Century (New World Studies) (Hardcover)
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In this survey of Central and South American literature, Earl E. Fitz provides the first book in English to analyze the Portuguese- and Spanish-language American canons in conjunction, uncovering valuable insights about both. Fitz works by comparisons and contrasts: the political and cultural situation at the end of the fifteenth century in Spain and Portugal; the indigenous American cultures encountered by the Spanish and Portuguese and their legacy of influence; the documented discoveries of Col n and Caminha; the colonial poetry of Mexico's Sor Juana In's de la Cruz and Brazil's Greg rio de Matos; culminating in a meticulous evaluation of the poetry of Nicaragua's Rub n Dar o and the prose fiction of Brazil's Machado de Assis. Fitz, an award-winning scholar of comparative literature, contends that at the end of the nineteenth century, Latin America produced two great literary revolutions, both unique in the western hemisphere, and best understood together.