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Reconstructing childhood : strategies of reading for culture and gender in the Spanish American bildungsroman / Julia A. Kushigian.

By: Kushigian, Julia Alexis.
Material type: TextTextSeries: Bucknell studies in Latin American literature and theory: Publisher: Lewisburg : London : Bucknell University Press ; Associated University Presses, c2003Description: 267 p. ; 24 cm.ISBN: 0838755224; 9780838755228.Subject(s): Spanish American fiction -- History and criticism | Gender identity in literature | Bildungsromans -- History and criticismAdditional physical formats: Online version:: Reconstructing childhood.DDC classification: 863.009/355 Other classification: 18.33 Also issued online.
Contents:
The new mother -- Private lives/public spheres -- The logic of identity : self, national, and cultural -- The transitional state of truth and moral maturity -- The forming of the self and nation : The bildungsroman from collective urgency to foundational narrative -- The bildungsroman in a global cultural economy: relationships and the postmodern world -- Pastiche, displacement, and the recreation of cultural memory.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 248-262) and index.

The new mother -- Private lives/public spheres -- The logic of identity : self, national, and cultural -- The transitional state of truth and moral maturity -- The forming of the self and nation : The bildungsroman from collective urgency to foundational narrative -- The bildungsroman in a global cultural economy: relationships and the postmodern world -- Pastiche, displacement, and the recreation of cultural memory.

Also issued online.

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CHOICE Review

In a traditional reading of the novel of growth and development--or bildungsroman--a white, male, middle-class individual emerges as protagonist. Kushigian's bold, interdisciplinary study offers new approaches to the bildungsroman and ably demonstrates that its design is anything but monolithic. Expanding the definition beyond the limitations imposed by the traditional form, Kushigian (Connecticut College) brings to the discussion the experiences of women, the marginalized, and the disenfranchised. Two premises underscore her analysis: that individual identity often appears problematic and inextricably intertwined with national and cultural identity, and that the path to self-knowledge leads to engagement with the Other. The novel of self-realization and actualization thus becomes a type of hero journey marked by an exploration of gender roles and socioeconomic difference. Kushigian examines myriad cultural components present in both canonical and less-studied texts and employs four basic reading strategies: the standard view of bildungsroman as rite of passage, new models of wholeness or self-actualization, a redefinition of the concept of the heroic, and ambiguity and hybridization of identity through parody and pastiche. Including ample documentation and bibliography, this major study will change the way scholars view the coming of age novel. ^BSumming Up: Essential. Upper-division undergraduates through faculty. M. S. Arrington Jr. University of Mississippi

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Julia A. Kushigian is Professor of Hispanic Studies at Connecticut College.

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