Honoring the lifework of the comparative literature scholar, From the Americas to the World: Essays in Honor of Lois Parkinson Zamora traces artistic and cultural pathways that connect Latin American literature and culture to the Americas, and to the world beyond. The essays in this collection cover three critical fields: comparative hemispheric American literature, magical realism, and the Baroque/New World Baroque/Neobaroque. Beginning with a critical reassessment of hemispheric American studies, these essays analyze the works of a wide array of writers, such as Roberto Bolaño, Alejo Carpentier, Gabriel García Márquez, Waldo Frank, and José Lez. These chapters build upon the legacy of the scholarship done by Dr. Zamora and exemplify the pattern of literary studies that she has driven forward.
Monika Kaup is professor of English at the University of Washington.
John Ochoa is associate professor of Spanish at Pennsylvania State University.
Monika Kaup and John Ochoa
PART I: INTERAMERICANISMS
Chapter 1: A Hemispheric World of Differences: Literature of the Americas, 1982-2020
Chapter 2: Mistranslation and Catastrophe”
Chapter 3: Transamerican Friendships and American Utopias: José Carlos Mariátegui, Waldo Frank, and Victoria Ocampo
Chapter 4: Dark Meadows of Gnosis: Robert Duncan and José Lezama Lima’s Interamerican Mythopoetics
PART II: BAROQUES
Chapter 5: La Santa Muerte: Necroaesthetics and the Folk Baroque
Chapter 6: Carpentier’s Concierto barroco: Transoceanic Picaresques and Revolution, or All that Glitters Is Not Gold
Chapter 7: Breaking the Circle of Perfection”: Baroque Form from Johannes Kepler to Isabelle Stengers
PART III: LATIN AMERICA IN THE WORLD
Chapter 8: Magical Realism’s Synecdoche
Stephen M. Hart
Chapter 9: Epistemology of the Ineffable: Octavio Paz and India
Chapter 10: Alchemist of the Tropics: Alexander von Humboldt and Gabriel García Márquez’s Cien años de soledad
Exploring with brio and precision Parkinson Zamora’s fields of expertise, the essays in this volume provide a worthy and well-deserved tribute to her eminent career as one of the leading comparatists of her generation.
These beautifully written and profoundly erudite essays, combining political astuteness with literary discernment, historical depth with contemporary resonance, and love of detail with breadth of vision, are a fitting tribute to Lois Parkinson Zamora’s path-breaking scholarship. The authors of this collection map out new itineraries for Hemispheric Studies and the study of Latin American literature from a comparative perspective, and in the process offer hope for the future of the field. Essays in Honor of Lois Parkinson Zamora is cause for celebration.