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Colonial Tropes and Postcolonial TricksRewriting the Tropics in the novela de la selva$
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Lesley Wylie

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9781846311956

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846315220

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Colonial Tropes and Postcolonial Tricks
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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/UPO9781846315220.007

This chapter presents some final thoughts. This book has analyzed the rewriting of European historical and literary constructions of the tropics by Spanish-American authors in the first half of the twentieth century. It showed that the relationship of the novela de la selva to the colonial past is not purely antagonistic. Rather, the genre exploited European discourses of the tropics to generate a powerful postcolonial counter-narrative. The parodic rewriting of European discourses on the tropics was fundamental to the efforts of the novela de la selva to forge a postcolonial literary identity for the Spanish-American novel.

Keywords:   novela de la selva, Spanish–American novel, parody, European discourse, tropics

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