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Fuentes the Modern; Fuentes the Postmodern

Raymond L. Williams
Hispania
Vol. 85, No. 2 (May, 2002), pp. 209-218
DOI: 10.2307/4141048
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/4141048
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Abstract

Since the mid-1980s, numerous discussions have taken place throughout the Hispanic world concerning postmodernism, partly as an outgrowth of similar discussions since the 1960s in the United States and Europe. Increasingly, Hispanists have joined in the process of "postmodernizing" literature written in a multiplicity of modes, including what many scholars would consider either traditional or modern. Book-length studies have appeared on topics such as "Vargas Llosa among the postmoderns" and "Fuentes the postmodern" as part of this "postmodernizing" process. Simultaneously, other critical studies on the writings of Carlos Fuentes have identified him as a modern writer. Fuentes should be seen as a "Modernist" novelist (in the Anglo-American use of the term "Modernist") who has also published a few novels with postmodern tendencies. His commitment to Modernist aesthetics can be traced back to the 1950s-the period of his early fiction and his work as co-editor of the Revista Mexicana de Literatura. His vast fictional project, which he identifies as "La Edad del Tiempo," is the grand narrative of the Modernist writer par excellence. Fuentes is seen as a "bridge" or transitional figure between the modern and the postmodern, terms which should not be considered oppositional.

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