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The Untimely Present: Postdictorial Latin American Fiction and the Task of Mourning.

The Untimely Present: Postdictorial Latin American Fiction and the Task of Mourning.

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Author: Idelber Avelar

Publisher: Duke University Press

Description: Softcover. 293 pages.

Date: 1999

Condition: Covers show some light shelf wear and scuffing. Lower rear cover and about 20 pages from the rear cover are slightly creased along the bottom edge. Otherwise book looks unread.

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Contents: The Untimely Present examines the fiction produced in the aftermath of some Latin American dictatorships, particularly those in Argentina, Brazil, and Chile. Idelber Avelar argues that through their legacy of social trauma and obliteration of history, these military regimes gave rise to unique and revealing practices of mourning that pervade the literature of this region. The theory of postdictatorial writing developed here is informed by a rereading of the links between mourning and mimesis in Plato, Nietzsche’s notion of the untimely, Benjamin’s theory of allegory, and psychoanalytic / deconstructive conceptions of mourning. Indexed.
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