TAMIU Professor's New Book Calls for More Rigor in Study of Hispanic
A trailblazing Texas A&M International University faculty member
has authored a new book that deeply examines the genre of the nouvelle
or short novel in Hispanic literature.
Dr. José Cardona-López, associate professor of Spanish,
and author of short story books, "Siete y tres nueve" (Seven
Plus Three Equals Nine), "La puerta del espejo" (The Door of
the Mirror) and "Todo es adrede" (Everything is Deliberate)
as well as novel "Sueños para una siesta" (Dreams for
a Nap), has published a new book titled, "Teoría y Práctica
De La Nouvelle" (Theory and Practice of the Nouvelle).
Published by the Universidad Autónoma de Ciudad de Juárez
(Autonomous University of Juárez) Press, the book presents academic
and critical ideas on a rarely discussed topic of short novel analysis
within the framework of theories that have been presented in the world
on what short novels or nouvelles should be.
The book is designed to encourage the study of Hispanic short novels
in particular, which according to Cardona-López, have seldom been
placed under the literary world's academic microscope.
"During my study, I found an enormous presence of reflections written
on the narrative form of the nouvelle by critics and authors in France,
Germany, England, Russia, and the United States," Dr. Cardona-López
explained, "However, I noticed an absence of the same in Spain and
Spanish America, even though during the first three decades of the 20th
century, thousands of short novels began to appear in Spain."
In the book, Cardona-López reviews and discusses numerous theories
on the nouvelle that were written in several languages. In addition, he
reveals that little that has been said on the subject in Spanish America.
In the latter part of the book, he analyzes five Hispanic narrations utilizing
the theories presented about the nouvelle as a specific narrative form.
"Often, in Spanish America, when someone analyzes a short novel,
they tend to make statements about the work being short or long but their
study never goes beyond that," Cardona-López explained, "This
happens because the person simply has no knowledge of the theories of
the nouvelle or is not interested in discussing the rigors of the genre."
Cardona-López said his new book will be distributed among academics
in both Mexico and the United States.
"What I am calling for is that more attention be placed on the
framework of nouvelle theories when studying Hispanic short novels, and
I am happy to know that some professors of Hispanic literature are already
planning to utilize my book for their classes," he said.
With his book, Cardona-López said he also wishes to open the
floor for future literary debates on the genre of the Hispanic nouvelle.
"What is important is for scholars to expose their ideas and to
continue this process of studying. The purpose of my book is not to come
out with absolute truths," Cardona-López said.
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