The Places of History: Regionalism Revisited in Latin America

The Places of History: Regionalism Revisited in Latin America

By: Doris Sommer (editor)Hardback

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Responding to the pressures of current theoretical trends toward models of cultural globalization, the essays collected here bring a historical focus to literary studies. They suggest that only by exploring the particularities of regional historical cultures can the multiple meanings of American identities be understood. Representing a broad range of contemporary criticism, this volume features many short essays by the most well-known and respected Latin Americanists, each devoting attention to specific matters of history. The topics range from Incan architecture to Chicano and Nuyorican habitats; from turn of the century Argentine criminology to Caribbean homophobia; from the rhetorics of independence and dictatorship to Mexican ambivalence about opera and Brazil's move beyond monarchy; and from the precarious survival of Spanish language in Latin America to its paradoxical legacy of enlightenment in the Philippines. Originally published as a special issue of Modern Language Quarterly (June 1996), this expanded edition includes a new introduction by Doris Sommer and a new essay by Vincente Rafael. Viewed together, these essays reveal a cultural richness that is sure to interest literary scholars and Latin Americanists alike.Contributors. Carlos J. Alonso, Antonio Benitez-Rojo, John Beverley, Debra A. Castillo, Arcadio Diaz-Quinones, Juan Flores, Mary M. Gaylord, Jose Limon, Josefina Ludmer, Francine Masiello, Antonio Mazzotti, Walter D. Mignolo, Sylvia Molloy, Mary Louise Pratt, Vincente Rafael, Julio Ramos, Susana Rotker, Roberto Schwarz, Diana Taylor, Nancy Vogeley

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Professor of Romance Languages and Literatures and Director of Graduates Studies in Spanish, Harvard University. She is the author of Foundational Fictions: The National Romances of Latin America.


The Places of History: Regionalism Revisited in Latin America / Doris Sommer The Corpus Delicti / Josefina Ludmer Overwriting Pinochet: Undoing the Culture of Fear in Chile / Mary Louise Pratt The Historical Meaning of Cruelty in Machado de Assis / Roberto Schwarz Linguistic Maps, Literary Geographies, and Cultural Landscapes: Languages, Languaging, and (Trans)nationalism / Walter D. Mignolo The Lightning Bolt Yields to the Rainbow: Indigenous History and Colonial Semiosis in the Royal Commentaries of El Inca Garcilaso de la Vega / Jose Antonio Mazzotti The True History of Early Modern Writing in Spanish: Some American Reflections / Mary M. Gaylord The Burden of Modernity / Carlos J. Alonso Salvador Brau: The Paradox of the Autonomista Tradition / Arcadio Diaz-Quinones Nation and Mockery: The Oppositional Writings of Simon Rodriguez / Susana Rotker Melodrama, Sex, and Nation in Latin America's Fin de Siglo / Francine Masiello Italian Opera in Early National Mexico / Nancy Vogeley The Real Thing (Our Rigoberta) / John Beverley Reading Loose Women Reading / Debra A. Castillo "Damnable Iteration": The Traps of Political Spectacle / Diana Taylor Jose Joaquin Fernandez de Lizardi and the Emergence of the Spanish American Novel as National Project / Antonio Benitez-Rojo Translation and Revenge: Castilian and the Origins of Nationalism in the Philippines / Vicente L. Rafael Mexicans, Foundational Fictions, and the United States: Caballero, a Late Border Romance / Jose E. Limon The Repose of Heroes / Julio Ramos His America, Our America: Jose Marti Reads Whitman / Sylvia Molloy Broken English Memories / Juan Flores

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  • ISBN13: 9780822323105
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 320
  • ID: 9780822323105
  • ISBN10: 0822323109

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