On the Dark Side of the Archive
Juan Carlos González Espitia
Jacket illustration: "Holland House Library after an air raid." Holland House, Kensington, London. 1940. Copyright (c) English Heritage.
Nation and Literature in Spanish America at the Turn of the Century
On the Dark Side of the Archive examines nineteenth-century nation building through narratives that are not part of the romantic or realist traditions, specifically those associated with the critique of traditional ideas often portrayed in Decadentism and modernismo. The study focuses on the "non-canonical" works of turn-of-the-century authors--including José María Vargas Vila, Horacio Quiroga, Clemente Palma, and José Martí--and concludes with a study that compares the literary portrayal of doomed societies in the nineteenth century with the work of contemporary authors, such as Fernando Vallejo.
About the author:
Juan Carlos González Espitia is Assistant Professor of Spanish at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He pursued studies in philosophy, social communication, journalism, and contemporary problems analysis in his native Colombia. After a period as editor for a Colombian publishing house, he moved to the United States and received his PhD at Cornell University. He is co-editor, with William G. Acree, of the forthcoming Building Nineteenth-Century Latin America: Re-rooted Cultures, Identities, and Nations. González Espitia has published several studies of the Colombian unorthodox writer José María Vargas Vila. He is currently working on a Hispanic literary history of syphilis.