Transition and Post Boom



  • Post Boom based in 1970s and 1980s - but time overlaps with Boom. 
  • Boom authors still associated with Post Boom 
  • Some new authors gain recognitions eg. Manuel Puig 
  • Similar themes eg politics and opression but tackled in new ways. 
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  • Post Boom literature more easily accessible - less experimental
  • Post Boom authors were marginalised voices- women, LGBTQ+, exiles, POC, etc. 
  • Shift away from M.R. to a more direct approach - engaging directly with socio-historical context. 
  • Historical context: strong influences from the experiences of political exiles and the consolidation of dictatorships in the Southern Cone. LA politics become morecommunist and Stalinist - Cuban Revolution. Argentinian golpe. 
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Post Boom features

  • Wider variety of writers and genres - exile novels, testimonies, autobiographical novels. 
  • Less male dominated
  • Characters and themes move away from traditional masculinity 
  • Themes: exile, politics, sexuality, gender, everyday ife
  • Simpler style, less experimental
  • Breaks boundaries between high and low culture
  • Use of popuar genre/culture: soap operas, radio, films, music
  • Shift away from M. R. 
  • Historical fiction, historically accurate characers based on prominent figures at the time. 
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Severo Sarduy

  • From Cuba
  • Transition author
  • Exiled - died in Paris
  • 'Cobra'
  • Dealt with homosexuality and transvestism
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Reinado Arenas

  • From Cuba 
  • Post Boom author
  • suicide in New York 
  • Was gay under Fidel Castro's Cuban regime - imprisoned
  • Dealt wth homosexuality 
  • 'Antes que anochezca' - last book before suicide 
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Manuel Puig

  • From Argentina
  • Transition author
  • Studied film in Italy, interested in screenwriting
  • 1960s - couple novels 
  • 1976 - 'El beso de la mujer araña' 
  • Went to Mexico in 1973,realised the dangers of staying in Argentina. 
  • Dies in exile
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El beso de la mujer araña

  • Written entirely in dialogue
  • Setting: prison cell in Buenos Aires 
  • Molina: homosexual, tells stories about films he has seen to pass the time 
  • Valentín: prisoner for political crimes, macho, part of a revolutionary group, references to torture. 
  • Non-conformist characters: supports political and sexual rebellion/freedom 
  • Themes: rebellion, love, homosexuality, escapism, film. 
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