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By Leslie Bethell

A Cultural historical past of Latin the United States brings jointly chapters from Volumes III, IV, and X of The Cambridge historical past of Latin the US. The essays position Latin American literature, song and visible arts in old context, from the early 19th century throughout the past due 20th century. themes contain narrative fiction and poetry; indigenous literatures and tradition; the improvement of tune, sculpture, portray, mural artwork, and structure; and the background of Latin American movie. each one bankruptcy is followed by way of a bibliographical essay.

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He devoted himself to his writings, a broken man - impotent rage, as we have seen, characterizes the literary work of most of theproscritos at this time - and died a year before Rosas was finally defeated at Caseros. His impact on his contemporaries was immense, and is visible in the early works of Juan Maria Gutierrez (1809-78), whose Los amores del payador appeared in 1833, and equally in Santos Vega (18 3 8) by Bartolome Mitre (1821-1906), one of the great men of the century in Argentina. In the year of Echeverria's death, one of his young disciples, Jose Marmol (1817-71), completed his long novel Amalia^ parts of which had been appearing since 1844.

Zorrilla, both Catholic and romantic, mourned the passing of the Indian race through his tragic romance, but without conviction; his verse, however, already showed traces of the symbolist current which distinguished Dario's A%u/y published that same year. Zorrilla later became the 'national poet of Uruguay' and was commissioned to write his La epopeya de Artigas in 1910 for the independence centenary. Romanticism, as we have seen, launchedfirstan Americanist, and then a Nationalist project, but succeeded on the whole only in producing a narrowly provincial, descriptive literature which rarely advanced beyond Spanish costumbrismo.

1820-1870 within sight of land, retrospectively underlining the characteristic saudade of his great poems. His important 'O canto do guerreiro' is similar to Longfellow's Song of Hiawatha; other works even recall Hernandez's later Martin Fierro. He is characteristic of Brazilian romanticism, but his greatness bursts its limitations to become, as so many critics have said, the first truly Brazilian voice. After Gon^alves Dias, romantic indianismo and paisagismo gained momentum. The aristocratic background of many Brazilian poets permitted a more patriarchal, Hugoesque style than most Spanish Americans were able to adopt, within a generally nationalistic perspective.

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