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Creativity and Science in Contemporary Argentine Literature: Between Romanticism and Formalism

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Book Series: Latin American and Caribbean Studies ISSN: 14982366 ISBN: 9781552387702 Year: Volume: 1 Pages: 304 Language: English
Publisher: University of Calgary Press
Subject: Languages and Literatures
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With a burgeoning academic interest in Latin American science fiction and cyberfiction and in representations of science and technology in Latin American literature and cinema, this book adds new understanding to the growing body of interdisciplinary work on the relationship between literature and science in postmodern culture.Joanna Page examines how contemporary fiction and literary theory in Argentina consistently employ theories and models from mathematics and science to probe the nature of innovation and evolution in literature. Theories of incompleteness, uncertainty, and chaos are often mobilized in European and North American literary and philosophical texts as metaphors for the inadequacy of our epistemological tools to probe the world's complexity. However, in recent Argentine fiction, these generalizations are put to very different uses: to map out the potential for artistic creativity and regeneration in times of crisis. Page focuses on texts by contemporary Argentine writers Ricardo Piglia, Guillermo Martínez and Marcelo Cohen, which draw on theories of formal systems, chaos, emergence, and complexity to counter proclamations of the end of philosophy or the exhaustion of literature in the postmodern era.This book makes a significant contribution to our understanding of how newness and creativity have been theorized, tracing often unexpected relationships between thinkers such as Nietzsche, Deleuze, and the Russian Formalists. It is also the first time that a major study in English has been published on the work of Martínez, Piglia, or Cohen.

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Sharon Pollock: First Woman of Canadian Theatre

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Book Series: The West ISSN: 19226519 ISBN: 9781552387900 Year: Volume: 1 Pages: 336 Language: English
Publisher: University of Calgary Press
Subject: Languages and Literatures --- Performing Arts --- Arts in general
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As playwright, actor, director, teacher, mentor, theatre administrator, and critic, Sharon Pollock has played an integral role in the shaping of Canada's national theatre tradition, and she continues to produce new works and to contribute to Canadian theatre as passionately as she has done over the past fifty years. Pollock is nationally and internationally respected for her work and support of the theatre community. She has also played a major role in informing Canadians about the "dark side" of their history and current events. This collection, comprised entirely of new and original assessments of her work and contribution to theatre, is both timely and long overdue. Includes a new play titled "Sharon's Tongue" by the Playing with Pollock CollectiveWith contributions by:Kathy K. Y. ChungDonna CoatesCarmen DerksenSherrill GraceMartin MorrowJeton NezirajWes PearceTanya SchaapShelley ScottJerry WassermanJason WeinsCynthia Zimmerman

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