The introduction posits the enduring importance of the national in Venezuelan literature, in contrast to recent theories of ‘global’ Latin American literature. It argues that factors including the absence of Venezuela from the ‘Boom’ and low levels of migration from Venezuela until the 21st century have limited the opportunities for the global circulation of Venezuelan literature, thereby making national markets and the cultural policy of the Bolivarian Revolution more significant. This cultural policy is then outlined, as well as recent developments in national publishing outside the state system. The introduction also includes an overview of the eight novels and authors to be studied, as well as a summary of relevant theories of metafiction, autofiction and intertextuality in relation to these texts.
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