The Latin American Cultural Studies Reader

The Latin American Cultural Studies Reader

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Book Pages: 832 Illustrations: 5 b&w photos, 27 illus. Published: July 2004

Cultural Studies, Latin American Studies, Literature and Literary Studies > Literary Criticism

The Latin American Cultural Studies Reader brings together thirty-six field-defining essays by the most prominent theorists of Latin American cultural studies. Written over the past several decades, these essays provide an assessment of Latin American cultural studies, an account of the field’s historical formation, and an outline of its significant ideological and methodological trends and theoretical controversies. With many essays appearing in English for the first time, the collection offers a comprehensive view of the specific problems, topics, and methodologies that characterize Latin American cultural studies vis-à-vis British and U.S. cultural studies.

Divided into sections preceded by brief introductory essays, this volume traces the complex development of Latin American cultural studies from its roots in literary criticism and the economic, social, political, and cultural transformations wrought by neoliberal policies in the 1970s. It tracks the impassioned debates within the field during the early 1990s; explores different theoretical trends, including studies of postcolonialism, the subaltern, and globalization; and reflects on the significance of Latin American cultural studies for cultural studies projects outside Latin America. Considering literature, nationalism, soccer, cinema, postcolonialism, the Zapatistas, community radio, and much more, The Latin American Cultural Studies Reader is an invaluable resource for all those who want to understand the past, present, and future of Latin American cultural studies.

Contributors. Hugo Achugar, Eduardo Archetti, John Beverley, José Joaquín Brunner, Antonio Candido, Debra A. Castillo, Antonio Cornejo Polar, Román de la Campa, Ana Del Sarto, Roberto Fernández Retamar, Juan Flores, Jean Franco, Néstor García Canclini, María Gudelia Rangel Gómez, Adrián Gorelik, John Kraniauskas, Neil Larsen, Ana López, Jesús Martín-Barbero, Francine Masiello, Daniel Mato, Walter D. Mignolo, Carlos Monsiváis, Mabel Moraña, Alberto Moreiras, Renato Ortiz, José Rabasa, Angel Rama, Gustavo A. Remedi, Darcy Ribeiro, Nelly Richard, Alicia Ríos, Beatriz Sarlo, Roberto Schwarz, Irene Silverblatt, Graciela Silvestri, Armando Rosas Solís, Beatriz González Stephan, Abril Trigo, George Yúdice



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Ana Del Sarto is Assistant Professor of Latin American Cultures and Literatures at Bowling Green State University.

Alicia Ríos is Associate Professor of Latin American Literature at Universidad Simón Bolívar in Caracas, Venezuela.

Abril Trigo is Associate Professor of Latin American Cultures at The Ohio State University.

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Acknowledgments ix

General Introduction / Abril Trigo 1

I. Forerunners Introduction / Alicia Rios

Traditions and Fractures in Latin American Cultural Studies 15

Literature and Underdevelopment / Antonio Candido 35

Excerpts from The Americas and Civilization: “Evolutionary Acceleration and Historical Incorporation, “The Genuine and the Spurious,” and “National Ethnic Typology” / Darcy Ribeiro 58

Caliban: Notes Toward a Discussion of Culture in Our Americas/Roberto Fernandez Retamar 83

Indigenismo and Heterogeneous Literatures: Their Double Sociocultural Statute / Antonio Cornejo Polar 100

Mestizaje, Transculturation, Heterogeneity / Antonio Cornejo Polar 116

Literature and Culture / Angel Rama 120

II. Foundations Introduction / Ana Del Sarto

The 1980s: Foundations of Latin American Cultural Studies 153

Plotting Women: Popular Narratives for Women in the United States and Latin America / Jean Franco 183

Would So Many Millions of People Not End Up Speaking English? The North American Culture and Mexico / Carlos Monsivais 203

Brazilian Culture: Nationalism by Elimination / Roberto Schwarz 233

Intellectuals: Scission or Mimesis? / Beatriz Sarlo 250

The Movable Center: Geographical Discourses and Territoriality During the Expansion of the Spanish Empire / Walter Mignolo 262

Notes on Modernity and Postmodernity in Latin American Culture / Jose Joaquin Brunner 291

A Nocturnal Map to Explore a New Field / Jesus Martin-Barbero 310

Cultural Studies from the 1980s-1990s: Anthropological and Sociological Perspectives in Latin America / Nestor Garcia Canclini 329

III. Practices Introduction / Abril Trigo

The 1990s: Practices and Polemics within Latin American Cultural Studies 347

Political Disenfranchisement / Irene Silverblatt 375

On Citizenship: The Grammatology of the Body-Politic / Beatriz Gonzalez Stephan 384

Male Hybrids in the World of Soccer / Eduardo Archetti 406

The Past as the Future: A Reactive Utopia in Buenos Aires / Adrian Corelik and Graciela Silvestri 427

Tears and Desire: Women and Melodrama in the “Old” Mexican Cinema / Ana M. Lopez 441

The Unbearable Lightness of History: Bestseller Scripts for Our Times / Francine Masiello 459

Legitimacy and Lifestyles / Renato Ortiz 474

The Transnational Making of Representations of Gender, Ethnicity, and Culture: Indigenous Peoples’ Organizations at the Smithsonian Institution’s Festival / Daniel Mato 498

The Production of Local Public Spheres: Community Radio Stations / Gustavo A. Remedi 513

Mimicry and the Uncanny in Caribbean Discourse / Romn De La Campa 535

Of Zapatismo: Reflections on the Folkloric and the Impossible in Subaltern Insurrection / John Rabasa 561

Tentative Exchanges: Tijuana Prostitutes and Their Clients / Debra A. Castillo, Maria Gudelia Rangel, Gomez and Armando Rosas Solis 584

The Latino Imaginary: Meanings of Community and Identity / Juan Flores 606

IV. Positions and Polemics

Writing in Reverse: On the Project of Latin American Subaltern Studies Group / John Beverly 623

The Boom of the Subaltern / Mabel Morana 643

Latin American Intellectuals in a Post-Hegemonic Era / George Yudice 655

Local/Global Latin Americanisms: “Theoretical Babbling” apropos Roberto Fernandez Retamar / Hugo Achugar 669

Intersecting Latin America with Latin Americanism: Academic Knowledge, Theoretical Practice, and Cultural Criticism / Nelly Richard 686

Irruption and Conservation: Some Conditions of Latin Americanist Critique / Alberto Moreiras 706

The Cultural Studies Movement and Latin America: An Overview / Neil Larsen 728

Hybridity in a Transnational Frame: Latin Americanist and Postcolonial Perspectives on Cultural Studies / John Kraniauskas 736

Mestizaje and Hybridity: The Risk of Metaphors--Notes / Antonio Cornejo Polar 760

Works Cited 765

Acknowledgments of Copyrights 805

Index 811
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