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The Case of the Fabricated Facts: Historical Reconstruction in Faulkner's Absalom, Absalom! and Vargas Llosa's Historia de Mayta

The Case of the Fabricated Facts: Historical Reconstruction in Faulkner's Absalom, Absalom! and... THE COMPAKATIST THE CASE OF THE FABRICATED FACTS: HISTORICAL RECONSTRUCTION IN FAULKNER'SABSALOM, ABSALOM! AND VARGAS LLOSA'S HISTORIA DE MAYTA Deborah Cohn present in our minds. -- Carl Becker The actual past is gone; and the world ofhistory is an intangibL· world, recreated imaginatively, and In 1959, the Cuban Revolution ushered in a new era in Latin Ameri- can poUtics and Ufe. What took place on a smaU island in the Caribbean became a beacon, a source of hope for change and renewal for nations that had struggled with the legacy of postcoloniahsm since independence. Exactly a century before, in the U.S. South, another war had put an end to a way of Ufe that had ordered society for many years. The plantation system was delegitimized, and the downfaU of an economic order was accompanied by the breakdown of estabhshed modes of race and class relations. The ensuing transitions in both regions have been fraught with upheaval, though. Many southerners channeled their resentment of the North's reconstruction of their way of Ufe into an apotheosis of plantation society that emblematized their efforts to retain their privüeges. And although Cuba sparked a flame throughout Latin America, it graduaUy became apparent http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Comparatist University of North Carolina Press

The Case of the Fabricated Facts: Historical Reconstruction in Faulkner's Absalom, Absalom! and Vargas Llosa's Historia de Mayta

The Comparatist , Volume 21 (1) – Oct 3, 1997

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THE COMPAKATIST THE CASE OF THE FABRICATED FACTS: HISTORICAL RECONSTRUCTION IN FAULKNER'SABSALOM, ABSALOM! AND VARGAS LLOSA'S HISTORIA DE MAYTA Deborah Cohn present in our minds. -- Carl Becker The actual past is gone; and the world ofhistory is an intangibL· world, recreated imaginatively, and In 1959, the Cuban Revolution ushered in a new era in Latin Ameri- can poUtics and Ufe. What took place on a smaU island in the Caribbean became a beacon, a source of hope for change and renewal for nations that had struggled with the legacy of postcoloniahsm since independence. Exactly a century before, in the U.S. South, another war had put an end to a way of Ufe that had ordered society for many years. The plantation system was delegitimized, and the downfaU of an economic order was accompanied by the breakdown of estabhshed modes of race and class relations. The ensuing transitions in both regions have been fraught with upheaval, though. Many southerners channeled their resentment of the North's reconstruction of their way of Ufe into an apotheosis of plantation society that emblematized their efforts to retain their privüeges. And although Cuba sparked a flame throughout Latin America, it graduaUy became apparent

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Published: Oct 3, 1997

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