Fragments of a Golden Age: The Politics of Culture in Mexico Since 1940 (American Encounters/Global Interactions)

Fragments of a Golden Age: The Politics of Culture in Mexico Since 1940 (American Encounters/Global Interactions)

By: Anne Rubenstein (editor), Eric Zolov (editor), Gilbert M. Joseph (editor)Hardback

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During the twentieth century the Mexican government invested in the creation and promotion of a national culture more aggressively than any other state in the western hemisphere. Fragments of a Golden Age provides a comprehensive cultural history of the vibrant Mexico that emerged after 1940. Agreeing that the politics of culture and its production, dissemination, and reception constitute one of the keys to understanding this period of Mexican history, the volume's contributors-historians, popular writers, anthropologists, artists, and cultural critics-weigh in on a wealth of topics from music, tourism, television, and sports to theatre, unions, art, and magazines. Each essay in its own way addresses the fragmentation of a cultural consensus that prevailed during the "golden age" of post-revolutionary prosperity, a time when the state was still successfully bolstering its power with narratives of modernization and shared community. Combining detailed case studies-both urban and rural-with larger discussions of political, economic, and cultural phenomena, the contributors take on such topics as the golden age of Mexican cinema, the death of Pedro Infante as a political spectacle, the 1951 "caravan of hunger," professional wrestling, rock music, and soap operas. Fragments of a Golden Age will fill a particular gap for students of modern Mexico, Latin American studies, cultural studies, political economy, and twentieth century history, as well as to others concerned with rethinking the cultural dimensions of nationalism, imperialism, and modernization. Contributors. Steven J. Bachelor, Quetzil E. Castaneda, Seth Fein, Alison Greene, Omar Hernandez, Jis & Trino, Gilbert M. Joseph, Heather Levi, Ruben Martinez, Emile McAnany, John Mraz, Jeffrey M. Pilcher, Elena Poniatowska, Anne Rubenstein, Alex Saragoza, Arthur Schmidt, Mary Kay Vaughan, Eric Zolov

About Author

Gilbert M. Joseph is Farnam Professor of History at Yale University and the coeditor of Everyday Forms of State Formation: Revolution and the Negotiation of Rule in Modern Mexico and Close Encounters of Empire: Writing the Cultural History of U.S.-Latin American Relations, both published by Duke University Press. Anne Rubenstein is Associate Professor of History, York University, Toronto and author of Bad Language, Naked Ladies, and Other Threats to the Nation, also published by Duke University Press. Eric Zolov is Associate Professor of History at the State University of New York, Stony Brook and the author of Refried Elvis: the Rise of the Mexican Counterculture and coeditor of Latin America and the United States: A Documentary History.


List of Illustrations Foreword / Elena Poniatowska Acknowledgements I. Reclaiming the History of Postrevolutionary Mexico Assembling the Fragments: Writing a Cultural History of Mexico Since 1940 / Gilbert M. Joseph, Anne Rubenstein, and Eric Zolov Making It Real Compared to What? Reconceptualizing Mexican History Since 1940 / Arthur Schmidt II. At Play Amongst the Fragments Mexico's Pepsi Challenge: Traditional Cooking, Mass Consumption, and National Identity / Jeffrey M. Pilcher The Selling of Mexico: Tourism and the State, 1929-1952 / Alex Saragoza Today, Tomorrow, and Always: The Golden Age of Illustrated Magazines in Mexico, 1937-1960 / John Mraz Myths of Cultural Imperialism and Nationalism in Golden Age Mexican Cinema / Seth Fein Bodies, Cities, Cinema: Pedro Infante's Death as Political Spectacle / Anne Rubenstein Discovering a Land "Mysterious and Obvious": The Renarrativizing of Postrevolutionary Mexico / Eric Zolov Toiling for the "New Invaders": Autoworkers, Transnational Corporations, and Working-Class Culture in Mexico City, 1955-1968 / Steven J. Bachelor El Santos and the Return of the Killer Aztecs! / Jis y Trino Masked Media: The Adventures of Lucha Libre on the Small Screen / Heather Levi Corazon del Rocanrol / Ruben Martinez Cultural Industries in the Free Trade Age: A Look at Mexican Television / Omar Hernandez and Emile McAnany Cablevision(nation) and Rural Yucatan: Performing Modernity and Mexicanidad in the Early 1990s / Alison Greene The Aura of Ruins / Quetzil E. Castaneda III. Final Reflections Transnational Processes and the Rise and Fall of the Mexican Cultural State: Notes from the Past / Mary Kay Vaughan Contributors Index

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  • ISBN13: 9780822327073
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 528
  • ID: 9780822327073
  • ISBN10: 0822327074

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