Philosophy and Literature in Latin America

A Critical Assessment of the Current Situation

Edited by Jorge J. E. Gracia & Mireye Camurati

Subjects: Latin American Studies
Paperback : 9780791400395, 279 pages, June 1989
Hardcover : 9780791400388, 279 pages, June 1989

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Table of contents


Part I. Philosophy


Jorge J. E. Gracia

1. Contemporary Argentinian Philosophy

Hugo E. Biagini

2. On the Diversity of Brazilian Philosophical Expression

Onésimo Teotónio Almeida

3. Philosophy in Brazil Today

Fred Gillete Sturm

4. Mexican Philosophy in the 1980s: Possibilities and Limit

Oscar R. Martí

5. Philosophy in Other Countries of Latin America

Jorge J. E. Gracia

Part II. Literature



Mireya Camurati


6. An Introductory Outline to Contemporary Spanish-American Poetry

Jaime Giordano

7. The Poetic Experience: The Logic of Chance

José Kozer


8. Women Writers into the Mainstream: Contemporary Latin American Narrative

Rosemary Geisdorfer Feal

9. To Write or Not to Write?

Ana Lydia Vega


10. An Overview of Contemporary Latin American Theater

Teresa Cajiao Salas and Margarita Vargas

11. Theater and Its Functions

Emilio Carballido

Literary Competitions, Books, and Journals in the United States


Mireya Camurati


12. Writing in Spanish in the United States

Joaquin Roy

13. The Writer and the Language: Reflections on the Linguistic Conditions of Writing

Hiber Conteris


14. Hispanic Books in the Library of Congress: 1815-1965

Georgette M. Dorn

15. Hispanic Books in the Library of Congress, 1815-1965:
A Comment

Vincent Peloso


16. The Growing Professionalism of Latin American Journals

Celso Rodriguez

17. The Afro-Hispanic Review

Ian Isidore Smart

Notes and References

Selected Bibliography




Philosophy and Literature in Latin America presents a unique and original view of the current state of development in Latin America of two disciplines that are at the core of the humanities. Divided into two parts, each section explores the contributions of distinguished American and Latin American experts and authors. The section on literature includes the literary activities of Latin Americans working in the United States, an area in which very little research has been demonstrated and, for that reason, will add an interesting new dimension to the field of Latin American studies.

Jorge J. E. Gracia is Professor in the Department of Philosophy at the State University of New York at Amherst. Mireya Camurati is Professor in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures at the State University of New York at Buffalo.


"The manuscript covers difficult-to-get materials on contemporary philosophy and literature in Ibero-America. The topic is highly important for an understanding of the development of the humanities—important both in itself and to the field of Latin American Studies. " — William J. Kilgore, Baylor University