The Postmodernism Debate in Latin America (a boundary 2 book)

The Postmodernism Debate in Latin America (a boundary 2 book)

By: Jose Oviedo (editor), John R. Beverley (editor), Michael Aronna (editor)Hardback

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Postmodernism may seem a particularly inappropriate term when used in conjunction with a region that is usually thought of as having only recently, and then unevenly, acceded to modernity. Yet in the last several years the concept has risen to the top of the agenda of cultural and political debate in Latin America. This collection explores the Latin American engagement with postmodernism, less to present a regional variant of the concept than to situate it in a transnational framework. Recognizing that postmodernism in Latin America can only inaccurately be thought of as having traveled from an advanced capitalist "center" to arrive at a still dependent neocolonial "periphery," the contributors share the assumption that postmodernism is itself about the dynamics of interaction between local and metropolitan cultures in a global system in which the center-periphery model has begun to break down. These essays examine the ways in which postmodernism not only designates the effects of this transnationalism in Latin America, but also registers the cultural and political impact on an increasingly simultaneous global culture of a Latin America struggling with its own set of postcolonial contingencies, particularly the crisis of its political left, the dominance of neoliberal economic models, and the new challenges and possibilities opened by democratization. With new essays on the dynamics of Brazilian culture, the relationship between postmodernism and Latin American feminism, postmodernism and imperialism, and the implications of postmodernist theory for social policy, as well as the text of the Declaration from the Lacandon Jungle of the Zapatatista National Liberation Army, this expanded edition of boundary 2 will interest not only Latin Americanists, but scholars in all disciplines concerned with theories of the postmodern.Contributors. Xavier Albo, Jose Joaquin Brunner, Fernando Calderon, Enrique Dussel, Nestor Garcia Canclini, Martin Hopenhayn, Neil Larsen, the Latin American Subaltern Studies Group, Norbert Lechner, Maria Milagros Lopez, Raquel Olea, Anibal Quijano, Nelly Richard, Carlos Rincon, Silviano Santiago, Beatriz Sarlo, Roberto Schwarz, and Hernan Vidal

About Author

John Beverley is Professor of Hispanic Languages and Literatures and Communications at the University of Pittsburgh. Jose Oviedo is a Ph.D candidate in Sociology and Cultural Studies at the University of Pittsburgh. Michael Aronna is an Instructor in Spanish at Montclair State College.


Note to This Edition vii Introduction / John Beverley and Jose Oviedo 1 Our Identity Starting from Pluralism in the Base / Xavier Albo 18 Notes on Modernity and Postmodernity in Latin American Culture / Jose Joaquin Brunner 34 Latin American Identity and Mixed Temporalities; or, How to be Postmodern and Indian at the Same Time / Fernando Calderon 55 Eurocentrism and Modernity (Introduction to the Frankfurt Lectures) / Enrique Dussel 65 The Hybrid: A Conversation with Margarita Zires, Raymundo Mier, and Mabel Piccini / Nestor Garcia Canclini 77 Postmodernism and Neoliberalism in Latin America / Martin Hopenhayn 93 Postmodernism and Imperialism: Theory and Politics in Latin America / Neil Larsen 110 Founding Statement / Latin American Subaltern Studies Group 135 A Disenchantment Called Postmodernism / Norbert Lechner 147 Postwork Society and Postmodern Subjectivities / Maria Milagros Lopez 165 Feminism: Modern or Postmodern? / Raquel Olea 192 Modernity, Identity, and Utopia in Latin America / Anibal Quijano 201 Cultural Peripheries: Latin America and Postmodernist De-centering / Nelly Richard 217 The Peripheral Center of Postmodernism: On Borges, Garcia Marquez, and Alterity / Carlos Rincon 223 Reading and Discursive Intensities: On the Situation of Postmodern Reception in Brazil / Silviano Santiago 241 Aesthetics and Post-Politics: From Fujimori to the Gulf War / Beatriz Sarlo 250 National by Imitation / Roberto Schwarz 264 Postmodernism, Postleftism, and Neo-Avant-Gardism: The Case of Chile's Revista de Critica Cultural / Hernan Vidal 282 Reply to Vidal (from Chile) / Nelly Richard 307 Declaration from the Lacandon Jungle / Zapatista National Liberation Army 311 Contributors 314 Index 318

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9780822315865
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 336
  • ID: 9780822315865
  • weight: 771
  • ISBN10: 0822315866

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