Arturo Torres-Ríoseco (essay date 1942)
SOURCE: Torres-Ríoseco, Arturo. “Gaucho Literature.” In The Epic of Latin American Literature, pp. 133-67. New York: Oxford University Press, 1942.
[In the following excerpt from a longer work on Latin American writing, Torres-Ríoseco traces the evolution of Gaucho literature from its folkloric origins to its later incarnations in the novels of the 1920's.]
THE GAUCHO: ORIGINS OF FOLK LITERATURE
Spanish America's literary history, like her history in general, may be viewed as a continuous struggle for independence. That is to say, for ‘literary Americanism.’ This concept does not imply any chauvinistic notions of originality at all...
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