This book offers an analysis of Paz's political thought, arguing that it is rooted in two separate and often antagonistic traditions, Liberalism and Romanticism. Grenier shows that Paz's political thought is best approached not so much by looking at the specific positions Paz took in the issues of his day, but rather by uncovering the core values at the heart of Paz's political philosophy. From Art to Politics gives not only a better understanding of Paz's thought, but also a discussion of the political culture and democratization of Mexico.
Yvon Grenier is professor of political science at St. Francis Xavier University.
Chapter 1 Preface Chapter 2 Interpretation and Culture Chapter 3 Environments Chapter 4 The Liberal Artist Chapter 5 A Critique of Modernity Chapter 6 The Other Voice Chapter 7 Our Man in Non-Liberal Territory Chapter 8 Appendix A: Octavio Paz, 1914-1998: A Chronology Chapter 9 Appendix B: Works by Octavio Paz