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- DescriptionEducated readers naturally feel entitled to kw what they're reading - often, if they try hard eugh, to kw it with the conspiratorial intimacy of a potential partner. This text reminds the reader that cultural differences may in fact make them targets of a text, t its co-conspirators. Some literature, especially culturally particular or mirity literature, actually uses differences and distances to redirect our desire for intimacy towards more cautious, respectful engagements. To name these figures of cultural discontinuity - to describe a rhetoric of particularism in the Americas - is the purpose of this text. In a series of forays, from 17th-century Inca Garcilaso de la Vaga to Julio Cortazar and Mario Vega Llosa, Doris Sommer shows how ethnically marked texts use enticing and frustrating language games to keep readers engaged with difference: Gloria Estefan's syncopated appeal to solidarity with Whiutman's undifferentiated ideal; unrequitable seductions echo through Rigoberta Menchu's protestations of secrecty; Toni Morrison's interrupted confession; and the rebuffs in a Mexican testimonial vel. In these and other examples, Sommer trains the reader to tice the signs that affirm a respectful distance as a condition of political fairness and aesthetic effect - warnings that will be audible once rhetoric and particularism is listened for.
- Author BiographyDoris Sommer is Professor of Romance Languages at Harvard University.
- Author(s)Doris Sommer
- PublisherHarvard University Press
- Date of Publication20/07/1999
- SubjectLiterary Theory
- Place of PublicationCambridge, Mass
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintHarvard University Press
- Weight517 g
- Width155 mm
- Height235 mm
- Spine20 mm
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US)
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