1st Edition

The Routledge Handbook of Violence in Latin American Literature

Edited By Pablo A. Baisotti Copyright 2022
    540 Pages
    by Routledge

    540 Pages
    by Routledge

    This Handbook brings together essays from an impressive group of well-established and emerging scholars from all around the world, to show the many different types of violence that have plagued Latin America since the pre-Colombian era, and how each has been seen and characterized in literature and other cultural mediums ever since.

    This ambitious collection analyzes texts from some of the region's most tumultuous time periods, beginning with early violence that was predominately tribal and ideological in nature; to colonial and decolonial violence between colonizers and the native population; through to the political violence we have seen in the postmodern period, marked by dictatorship, guerrilla warfare, neoliberalism, as well as representations of violence caused by drug trafficking and migration.

    The volume provides readers with literary examples from across the centuries, showing not only how widespread the violence has been, but crucially how it has shaped the region and evolved over time.

    Introduction: Social and historical presentation

    Pablo Baisotti

    SECTION I: Early representations of violence in Latin American Literature


    "Procuró sosegar y pacificar los indios": Colonial Violence in Latin America

    M. Carmen Gómez-Galisteo


    Discursive territories and epistemic violence in the Andean colonial indigenous literature

    Nicolas Beauclair


    After Ercilla: violence and militarism in the colonial epic (1569-1610)

    Javier de Navascués


    Women and War in the Colonial Spanish American Epic: Gendered Boundaries and Erotic Conquest

    Sarissa Carneiro


    Spaces of Violence in Vice-royal Chronicles: about Inca and Mexica-Tenochca Narrative Tradition

    Jhonnatan Zavala, and Clementina Battcock


    SECTION II: Ideological Violence in Latin American Literature


    Honor Killing in 20th Century Latin American Fiction

    Jay Corwin


    Frantz Fanon in his Third World: Violence and Decolonization

    Marcelo Sanhueza


    Inscriptions and configurations of violence. Italian immigration in Argentina

    Fernanda Elisa Bravo Herrera


    History, Violence and Fiction in Alejo Carpentier’s Novel Reasons of State

    Rodica Grigore


    Chapter 10

    Marxist-Leninist Anti-Capitalist Success: Muted Violence in Yáñez’s Edge of the Storm, Rulfo’s Pedro Páramo, and Galindo’s Precipice

    Nancy Ann Watanabe

    CHAPTER 11

    Martín Fierro as an integral part of the Peronist identity

    Pablo Baisotti

    CHAPTER 12

    Postcolonial violence and indigeneity in the testimonio Andean Lives. Gregorio Condori Mamani and Asunta Quispe Huamán

    Ahmed Correa and Ignacio López-Calvo


    SECTION III: Popular Violence and Dictatorships in Latin American Literature

    CHAPTER 13

    Remembering Violence: The Narrative of '68 in Mexico

    Stefano Tedeschi

    CHAPTER 14

    Dulce patria, a collection of poems about the Chilean dictatorship

    Horacio Gutiérrez

    CHAPTER 15

    Pain is measured and detailed: representations of pain and guilt in the works of Alejandro Zambra and Carlos Gamerro

    Macarena Areco

    CHAPTER 16

    From Nunca más to Ni una menos. Testimony and fiction in contemporary Argentine narrative

    Victoria García

    CHAPTER 17

    Rodolfo Walsh and Cuba: Commitment and Militancy in the Shared Origins of Latin American Testimonio and Third Cinema

    Alejandro Pedregal

    CHAPTER 18

    Violence and silence in the feminine narrative on the last civic-military dictactorship in Argentina: neither tricks of the weak nor resilience

    Marcela Crespo Buiturón



    CHAPTER 19

    Representations of Violence and Peace in Contemporary Central American Narrative

    Werner Mackenbach

    CHAPTER 20

    Counting and recounting stories and bodies: Alfredo Molano on violence and morality

    Alejandro Sánchez Lopera

    CHAPTER 21

    Violence and Responsibility: Ingrid Betancourt and No Silence That Does Not End

    Jeffrey Cedeño Mark


    SECTION IV: New forms of violence in Latin American Literature

    CHAPTER 22

    Sons without a homeland. Young migrants in contemporary literature

    Elena Ritondale

    CHAPTER 23

    Solange Rodríguez Pappe, Mónica Ojeda and Denise Phé Funchal: femicide in contemporary fantastic literature

    Emanuela Jossa

    CHAPTER 24

    Cien botellas en una pared and Blanco nocturno: The Feminization and Queering of Representations of Violence in Latin American Novels of the [early] 21st Century

    Mariana Romo-Carmona

    CHAPTER 25

    Gender based Violence in Latin-American Neo Crime Fiction Literature. The Foreign Girls by Sergio Olguín

    Fabián Mossello

    CHAPTER 26

    Labor Metamorphosis and Violence against Women in Sergio Chejfec’s The Dark

    Matías Beverinotti

    CHAPTER 27

    Skin-Deep: A Psycho-Ontological Analysis of Violence in Sergio Bizzio’s Rabia

    Alexander Torres

    CHAPTER 28

    Representations of violence in Mexico's theater

    Hugo Salcedo Larios


    CHAPTER 29

    Postapocalyptic Violence in 21st-century Mexican fiction

    Aurelio Iván Guerra, and Gabriel Osuna Osuna

    CHAPTER 30

    "The past is forever unpredictable": aesthetic and political projections in contemporary Bolivian narrative

    Magdalena González Almada

    CHAPTER 31

    Literary Discourse and Representations of Violence. Spaces and Communities in Argentine Narrative of the 21st century

    Liliana Tozzi

    Chapter 32

    Three poems / Tres poemas

    Jesús J. Barquet


    Pablo Baisotti received his PhD in Politics, Institutions and History from the University of Bologna School of Political Science in 2015. Before that he received an MPhil in International Relations in Europe-Latin America from the University of Bologna in 2008 and an MA in Law and Economic Integration from the Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne and the University of Salvador in 2007. He received his Bachelor’s degree in History from the University of Salvador in 2004. He was Fellow Researcher at  Sun Yat-sen University in China and full-time Research Fellow at the Maria Sibylla Merian Center, University of Costa Rica. He is currently Associate External Researcher at the University of Brasilia (Department of Latin American Studies). He has published and edited more than 20 books.