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Rediscovering the New World: Inter-American Literature in a Comparative Context (review)

Rediscovering the New World: Inter-American Literature in a Comparative Context (review) Rediscovering the New World: Inter-American Literature in a Comparative Context (review) James Kinney The Comparatist, Volume 16, May 1992, pp. 146-148 (Review) Published by The University of North Carolina Press DOI: https://doi.org/10.1353/com.1992.0008 For additional information about this article https://muse.jhu.edu/article/415075/summary Access provided at 18 Feb 2020 11:12 GMT from JHU Libraries REVIEWS Writing in the Margin is an exceptionally ambitious work, and one cannot help but admire Smith's critical gifts and the breadth of his knowledge. This is a stellar performance, yet there is a certain irony in the studied marginality. As Smith seeks difference, he calls attention to "the other side of the story," even in the case of those critics whose perspectives he (at times too reduc- tively) dismisses. He may be as self-consciously selective in what he chooses to stress (and to defer) as more impressionistic and less talented critics. There is something disorienting about writing from the margins, for decen- tering must invert priorities and thus may turn against itself. The poststruc- turalist paradox notwithstanding, the study is a major achievement and a tes- tament to changing times in Hispanic critical circles. Edward H. Friedman Indiana University EARL E. FtTZ. Rediscovering the New World: Inter-American Literature http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Comparatist University of North Carolina Press

Rediscovering the New World: Inter-American Literature in a Comparative Context (review)

The Comparatist , Volume 16 – Oct 3, 2012

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Rediscovering the New World: Inter-American Literature in a Comparative Context (review) James Kinney The Comparatist, Volume 16, May 1992, pp. 146-148 (Review) Published by The University of North Carolina Press DOI: https://doi.org/10.1353/com.1992.0008 For additional information about this article https://muse.jhu.edu/article/415075/summary Access provided at 18 Feb 2020 11:12 GMT from JHU Libraries REVIEWS Writing in the Margin is an exceptionally ambitious work, and one cannot help but admire Smith's critical gifts and the breadth of his knowledge. This is a stellar performance, yet there is a certain irony in the studied marginality. As Smith seeks difference, he calls attention to "the other side of the story," even in the case of those critics whose perspectives he (at times too reduc- tively) dismisses. He may be as self-consciously selective in what he chooses to stress (and to defer) as more impressionistic and less talented critics. There is something disorienting about writing from the margins, for decen- tering must invert priorities and thus may turn against itself. The poststruc- turalist paradox notwithstanding, the study is a major achievement and a tes- tament to changing times in Hispanic critical circles. Edward H. Friedman Indiana University EARL E. FtTZ. Rediscovering the New World: Inter-American Literature

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The ComparatistUniversity of North Carolina Press

Published: Oct 3, 2012

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