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Pensar el siglo XIX desde el siglo XXI: Nuevas miradas y lecturas By Ana Peluffo
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Read as a whole, the essays in Pensar el siglo XIX desde el siglo XXI provide a fruitful discussion about the need to revise some of the canonical paradigms in Latin American nineteenth-century... More > studies. Included in the collection are new and thought-provoking essays that attempt to go beyond the dichotomies that have characterized the cultural genealogy of the field (civilization vs barbarism, country vs. city, letter vs image, tradition vs. modernity, domestic vs. public). By bringing into the discussion recent developments in cultural studies, authors reexamine the nineteenth-century debate about the construction of nations and subjectivities from a wide range of critical perspectives.< Less
El Tango entre dos Américas. La representación del tango en Estados Unidos, 1910-1939 By Andrea Matallana
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"This book covers a well-known theme in Argentine culture, but it highlights a new point: the exportation of the tango reached not only Europe, but also sought out and found its success, in the... More > early decades of the twentieth century, in a country that considered itself different but was actually very similar [to Europe]. All interested in the history of this phenomenon will find here a new perspective. This magnificent essay offers academic rigor as well as new views on the history of the tango, and in clear and precise prose it provides a unique perspective about a cultural phenomenon that has international resonance." —Pablo Gerchunoff, Universidad Torcuato Di Tella.< Less
Otras voces. Nuevas identidades en la frontera sur de California (Testimonios) By Marisol Montaño, Alejandro Solomianski, Sofía Wolhein
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The configuration of new identities on the southern Californian border is urgent and relevant due to its many social conflicts . These conflicts are exacerbated because of the sharp economic crisis... More > throughout the region. Perhaps one can find some explanation for the ruining of large swaths of the social life on the Californian southern border in these "Other Voices." On the other hand, in the unfolding of these "Other Voices" we hear and visualize the life experiences of identities that enter into conflict with the delineated models promoted by the culture industry and advertising. To read their accounts is to perceive the echo of the voices that profoundly make up our social and border identities; those that the omnipresent mass media blurs and distorts. -Alejandro Solomianski< Less
Pensar el siglo XIX desde el siglo XXI: Nuevas miradas y lecturas By Ana Peluffo
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Leídos en conjunto los ensayos que se incluyen en Pensar el siglo XIX desde el siglo XXI: Nuevas miradas y lecturas plantean la necesidad de revisar algunos de los paradigmas críticos... More > que han estructurado el campo de los estudios decimonónicos para proponer lecturas menos dicotómicas y fluidas de aquellos binomios (civilización-barbarie, campo-ciudad, letra-imagen, femenino-masculino, tradición-modernidad) que han ocupado un lugar importante en la genealogía crítica de los estudios latinoamericanistas del siglo XIX. Incorporando a la reflexión los aportes de los estudios culturales a la crítica latinoamericanista del siglo XIX, los autores de este libro reexaminan desde diversas disciplinas y con una gran variedad de enfoques teóricos el debate sobre la construcción de naciones y subjetividades.< Less
Los intelectuales del Partido Comunista: Itinerario de Héctor Agosti (1930-1963) By Laura Prado Acosta
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During the 20th Century, Communist Parties in Latin America positioned themselves at the intersection between the political and the cultural spheres. At that crossing, many intellectuals and artists... More > found a sense of purpose. This intellectual biography of the Argentine Hector Agosti covers these politicized spaces for cultural actors. A political prisoner in the 1930s, fresh out of jail he published his first book and subsequently took stances on the debates on socialist realism, art, and the role of intellectuals. Author of several books and promoter of many cultural undertakings, throughout his life Agosti cultivated the ties between intellectual work and political activism.< Less
Sergio Ramírez, Rubén Darío y la literatura nicaragüense By Diana Moro
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En este libro se realiza un recorrido por la obra del nicaragüense Sergio Ramírez, desde sus textos de inicio, cuentos y ensayos, hasta sus obras publicadas en 2004. Se analiza en ellos... More > su espesura política y literaria, a la vez que se estudia cómo incorpora la figura de Rubén Darío, en tanto símbolo cultural popular en Nicaragua. La figura del poeta le permite edificar un discurso para la imaginación de la nación y atraviesa en gran parte la obra. Ramírez se autofigura como continuador de Darío en cuanto a la elaboración de una literatura nicaragüense y en cuanto a profundizar su cosmopolitismo, a comienzos del siglo XXI. Por otra parte, las lecturas de las principales novelas de Ramírez que este libro propone se centran en evidenciar los diálogos, los homenajes y los envíos que entablan con diversas tradiciones literarias y culturales latinoamericanas y europeas.< Less
Teorizando las literaturas indígenas contemporáneas By Emilio del Valle Escalante
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The introduction and eight chapters in English and Spanish that make up "Teorizando las literaturas indígenas contemporáneas" examine the textual production of indigenous... More > authorship. The authors start from the nineties and problematize the relationship between Indigenous People and nation-state in Guatemala, Colombia, Peru, Chile, Ecuador, Mexico, and Brazil. It is one of the book’s suggestions that current indigenous movements and their demands can be best understood through a critique of textual production of its organic intellectuals. While much has been written about the activities of the social movements and current indigenous textual production, there is still the need for a book that contextualizes what has enabled the emergence of a contemporary indigenous literary canon and its relationship to those social movements. This book aims to fill some of these gaps.< Less
From the Ashes of History By Carlos Aguirre, Javier Villa-Flores
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The formation, organization, and accessibility of archives and libraries are critical for the production of historical narratives. They contain the materials with which historians and others... More > reconstruct past events. Archives and libraries, however, not only help produce history, but also have a history of their own. From the early colonial projects to the formation of nation states in Latin America, archives and libraries had been at the center of power struggles and conflicting ideas over patrimony and document preservation that demand historical scrutiny. Much of their collections have been lost on account of accidents or sheer negligence, but there are also cases of recovery and reconstruction that have opened new windows to the past. The essays in this volume explore several fascinating cases of destruction and recovery of archives and libraries and illuminate the ways in which those episodes help shape the writing of historical narratives and the making of collective memories.< Less
From the Ashes of History: Loss and Recovery of Archives and Libraries in Modern Latin America By Carlos Aguirre, Javier Villa-Flores
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The formation, organization, and accessibility of archives and libraries are critical for the production of historical narratives. They contain the materials with which historians and others... More > reconstruct past events. Archives and libraries, however, not only help produce history, but also have a history of their own. From the early colonial projects to the formation of nation states in Latin America, archives and libraries had been at the center of power struggles and conflicting ideas over patrimony and document preservation that demand historical scrutiny. Much of their collections have been lost on account of accidents or sheer negligence, but there are also cases of recovery and reconstruction that have opened new windows to the past. The essays in this volume explore several fascinating cases of destruction and recovery of archives and libraries and illuminate the ways in which those episodes help shape the writing of historical narratives and the making of collective memories.< Less
Militantes, intelectuales y revolucionarios. Ensayos sobre marxismo e izquierda en América Latina By Carlos Aguirre
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The essays in this volume analyze three aspects of the history of the Left and Marxism in Latin America: first, the need to discuss the "changing times" in the 21 century and its many and... More > varied ingredients as part of a complex history of intellectual practices and policy proposals that have played for more than a century, the aspirations of broad social changes in Latin American sectors. Second, the acclimatization of Marxism in Latin America as part of a series of discussions with other intellectual movements and at the same time, within a process of intellectual production conditioned by political and institutional factors. And third, the construction of certain views on the historical past as a linchpin of the various policy proposals of the left in Latin America. Together, the texts included in this book contribute to enrich the debates around the relationship between history and politics but also, somehow, to imagine scenarios of growing democracy, justice, and equality in the region.< Less