The Uses of Failure in Mexican Literature and Identity by John A. Ochoa

By John A. Ochoa

While the idea that of defeat within the Mexican literary canon is usually stated, it has hardly been explored within the fullness of the mental and non secular contexts that outline this point of "mexicanidad." Going past the easy narrative of self-defeat, The makes use of of Failure in Mexican Literature and Identity provides a version of failure as a resource of data and renewed self-awareness.

Studying the connection among nationwide identification and failure, John Ochoa revisits the foundational texts of Mexican highbrow and literary background, the "national monuments," and gives a brand new imaginative and prescient of the pivotal occasions that echo all through Mexican aesthetics and politics. The makes use of of Failure in Mexican Literature and Identity encompasses 5 centuries of notion, together with the works of the Conquistador Bernal Díaz del Castillo, whose sixteenth-century True historical past of the Conquest of latest Spain shaped Spanish-speaking Mexico's early self-perceptions; José Vasconcelos, the essayist and flesh presser who helped rebuild the country after the Revolution of 1910; and the modern novelist Carlos Fuentes.

A interesting learn of a nation's unstable trip in the direction of a feeling of self, The makes use of of Failure elegantly weaves moral concerns, the philosophical implications of language, and a sociocritical exam of Latin American writing for a glowing addition to the discussion on worldwide literature.

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