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Postnational Perspectives on Contemporary Hispanic Literature$
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Heike Scharm and Natalia Matta-Jara

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780813054940

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813054940.001.0001

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Postnational Perspectives on Contemporary Hispanic Literature

Heike Scharm

Natalia Matta-Jara

University Press of Florida

The introduction addresses recent changes in the field of Hispanic studies, specifically, how expanding worldviews at different moments in time have impacted the way Latin American, Latino, or Spanish authors write, how they are read today, and how postnational perspectives are reshaping literatures and cultural theory in the “Global Now.” In light of diverging semantic interpretations within and beyond the discipline, the introduction frames postnational perspectives as those that identify the interrelations between the local and the global, while recognizing the continuing ties to the nation. After providing a brief historical perspective on cosmopolitanism and the much-contested idea of world literature, the editors provide a basic explanation on how terms such as Hispanic, postnational, cosmopolitan, etc., are understood and applied within the chapters of this volume, all of which, as they argue, point to the construction and exploration of new hermeneutic horizons within the field of Hispanic studies, as a consequence of globalization.

Keywords:   Hispanic studies, Global Now, cosmopolitanism, world literature, Hispanic literature, globalization

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