Calvi traces a genealogy of literary journalism and its specific subgenres, as they have been developed from the nineteenth through twentieth centuries. Through extensive archival work and insightful readings of both canonical and lesser known authors, this book presents readers with a compelling analysis of literary journalism as a hybrid genre and its ongoing impact on both public and intellectual debates in a broader Latin American context.
Latin American Adventures in Literary Journalism explores the central role of narrative journalism in the formation of national identities in Latin America, and the concomitant role the genre had in the consolidation of the idea of Latin America as a supra-national entity. This work discusses the impact that the form had in the creation of an original Latin American literature during six historical moments. Beginning in the 1840s and ending in the 1970s, Calvi connects the evolution of literary journalism with the consolidation of Latin America’s literary sphere, the professional practice of journalism, the development of the modern mass media, and the establishment of nation-states in the region.
Using a few key authors, Calvi dives deeply into the journalistic history of Latin America. This book is a worthy addition for English language readers. The text fits in with the International Association for Literary Journalism Studies’ mandate to study, and make more widely known, literary journalism in all of its various guises around the world.