Time Travel in the Latin American and Caribbean Imagination: Re-reading History (Palgrave Macmillan 2011) examines time travel in literature and other cultural production in the Americas, particularly as concerns fictional journeys between the present and the eras of the Conquest and slave trade. An investigation into time travel provides meaningful new perspectives on several issues of ongoing hemispheric importance. Combining in innovative ways the tools and approaches of postcolonial and popular culture studies as well as comparative literary analysis, this is an ambitious, interdisciplinary study that develops–across several related discursive sites–an argument about the centrality of time travel in the Latin American and Caribbean imagination.
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Praise for Time Travel:
“This interdisciplinary study belongs within the fields of cultural studies and comparative literature, and deals with the topic of time travel in cultural production (regular literature, children’s literature, film, television shows, etc.) of the Americas. Alcocer’s study would be an outstanding tool to analyze a number of novels, such as Graciela Limón’s Erased Faces; Sesshu Foster’s Atomik Aztek; Mario Acevedo’s X-Rated Blood Suckers; and García Márquez’s The Autumn of the Patriarch. Reading the manuscript has inspired me to teach some of this material differently. A well respected book in this subfield and others, as its methods of cultural critique are unquestionably unique.” — Ignacio López-Calvo, Professor of Latin American Literature, Chair of the World Cultures Graduate Group, School of Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts, University of California, Merced