Magazine article World Literature Today

América Latina Y la Literatura Mundial: Mercado Editorial, Redes Globales Y la Invención De Un Continente

Magazine article World Literature Today

América Latina Y la Literatura Mundial: Mercado Editorial, Redes Globales Y la Invención De Un Continente

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Miscellaneous América Latina y la literatura mundial: Mercado editorial, redes globales y la invención de un continente. Ed. Gesine Müller & Dunia Gras Miravet. Madrid/Frankfurt. Iberoamericana/Vervuert. 2015. 374 pages.

Balancing native triumphalism and kowtowing to foreign views, this extensive collection evinces a pressing need: conveying Latin American literature's role in world literature. Occasionally hewing to fashionable theoretical discussions for which "global" means anglophone, market-driven, nomadic, rootless, and unconventional, most of the twenty essays and one interview here magnify the state of the art by addressing the selection processes from a European perspective. The second part examines Latin American literature's presence in Holland (done excellently by Maarten Steenmeijer), France (a necessary update), Italy (limited to an ancillary Peruvian author), and the United Kingdom (very briefly and subjectively chatty). Alas, Spain and a Spanish world literature authority (César Domínguez) are absent from these discussions.

The programmatic first section includes four analyses sustained by tightly woven theoretical arguments, at times making their hypotheses difficult to recapitulate outside the contexts in which they rise. Nevertheless, Mads Rosendahl Thomsen's examination of transnational politics in Junot Díaz and Roberto Bolaño is convincing if not thorough, and Gesine Müller's detailed revision of Suhrkamp's publication of Latin American literature is rightfully mindful of how writings perceived as "worldly" have a greater chance of being translated by German publishers. …

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