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The distinction between reality and illusion has been particularly elusive in the New World. Its discovery, conquest and development is a bizarre combination of fact and hope. It is as if the inert reality of this hemisphere were penetrated by some great dreamer to sire a race of men torn between what is and what could, should or might be. This dissertation seeks to discover the tension between reality and illusion as revealed in the contemporary Colombian novel. The study is based upon an analysis of twenty six novels published between 1950 and 1970 and selected because of the authors' prestige; critical recognition and personal preference. Thus, except for the latter criterion, the risks of predetermining the results of the analysis through the selection process have been somewhat minimized.



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American Studies

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American Studies

First Committee Member (Chair)

Marsha R. Nason

Second Committee Member

Tamara Holzapfel

Third Committee Member

William A. Weckt