The Places of History

Regionalism Revisited in Latin America

The Places of History

Book Pages: 320 Illustrations: 5 b&w photographs, 3 figures Published: May 1999

Latin American Studies, Literature and Literary Studies > Literary Criticism

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 Benítez-Rojo, John Beverley, Debra A. Castillo, Arcadio Diaz-Quiñones, Juan Flores, Mary M. Gaylord, José Limón, 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.

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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 / José 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 Díaz-Quiñones

Nation and Mockery: The Oppositional Writings of Simón Rodríguez / 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

José Joaquín Fernández de Lizardi and the Emergence of the Spanish American Novel as National Project / Antonio Benítez-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 / José E. Limón

The Repose of Heroes / Julio Ramos

His America, Our America: José Martí Reads Whitman / Sylvia Molloy

Broken English Memories / Juan Flores

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Paper ISBN: 978-0-8223-2344-0 / Cloth ISBN: 978-0-8223-2310-5
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