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Buenos Aires : perspectives on the city and cultural production /
David William Foster.
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Gainesville : University Press of Florida, c1998.
description
232 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
ISBN
0813016134 (cloth : alk. paper)
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imprint
Gainesville : University Press of Florida, c1998.
isbn
0813016134 (cloth : alk. paper)
catalogue key
2374551
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. [211]-223) and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 1999-03-01:
Since independence, the image of Buenos Aires as "Goliath's Head" (see Ezequiel Martinez Estrada's La Cabeza de Goliath, 1940) has been propagated successively in high literature, tango lyrics, and film. Rarely, however, has the largest city in South America been subject to such a diverse and challenging analysis of its postmodern geography as that proposed here. In a series of eight interconnected "perspectives," Foster (Arizona State Univ.) investigates the interrelativity between contemporary social existence and cultural production in that dynamic, cosmopolitan center. This multilevel appraisal slides from the comic strip Mafalda to gender issues in tango dance and poetry; moves between the neogrotesque theater of Roberto Cossa and Ricardo Talesnik to Enrique Medina's "dirty realism," as exemplified in the characterization of the Peronist boxer Jose Maria Gatica (Gatica, 1991); provides a focus for certain marginal and suppressed sectors of the urban landscape (Jewish ethnicity and public lesbicogay identities); and negotiates feminine space (from Eva Peron to contemporary popular icon Maria Elena Walsh via the Madres de Plaza de Mayo), skillfully highlighted in Sara Facio's photography. Up-to-date, informed, and often provocative, this title is a blueprint for cultural studies of interest to researchers/faculty and armchairs travelers alike. K. M. Sibbald; McGill University
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Summaries
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Cultural study of one of Latin America's most dynamic cosmopolitan centers, Argentina's Buenos Aires.
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Displaying the power of cultural studies to construct & analyze urban life, this book captures the breath & soul of one of Latin America's most dynamic cosmopolitan centers. Since the 19th century, Buenos Aires, the largest city of Spanish-speaking South America, has been one of the continent's major cultural centers. Until now, however, no work explored the multileveled integration of the city & cultural production. The author analyzes a standard aspect of Argentine culture like the tango, but with attention to gender issues; he looks at theater in terms of its interpretation of Argentine social life; the "dirty realism" of Enrique Medina provides a focus for marginal, subaltern, & suppressed sectors of the urban landscape; & gender emerges again in his discussion of photography (highlighting the work of Sara Facio, one of the city's great feminist artists), of Jewish ethnicity & immigrant culture, & of lesbian & gay identity in public spaces. Combining an eclectic dimension in its research (the author is willing to analyze such ephemera as slogans, catch-phrases, & the decoration of public transportation) with a breadth of scope (the book encompasses history, literature, anthropology, architecture, & cultural politics), Buenos Aires will engage the reader in the imagination of one of the most vibrant cities of the world.
Unpaid Annotation
Displaying the power of cultural studies to construct and analyze urban life, this book captures the breath and soul of one of Latin America's most dynamic cosmopolitan centers.Since the nineteenth century, Buenos Aires, the largest city of Spanish-speaking South America, has been one of the continent's major cultural centers. Until now, however, no work explored the multileveled integration of the city and cultural production. David Foster analyzes a standard aspect of Argentine culture, the tango, but with attention to gender issues; he looks at theater in terms of its interpretation of Argentine social life; the "dirty realism" of Enrique Medina provides a focus for marginal, subaltern, and suppressed sectors of the urban landscape; and gender emerges again in his discussion of photography (highlighting the work of Sara Facio, one of the city's great feminist artists), of Jewish ethnicity and immigrant culture, and of lesbian and gay identity in public spaces.Combining an eclectic dimension in its research (Foster is willing to analyze such ephemera as slogans, catch-phrases, and the decoration of public transportation) with a breadth of scope (the book encompasses history, literature, anthropology, architecture, and cultural politics), Buenos Aires will engage the reader in the imagination of one of the most vibrant cities of the world.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Introductionp. 1
Mafalda From Hearth To Plazap. 17
Theater And Urban Culturep. 34
Tango and Urban Sexual Regulationp. 53
Homoeroticism And Contested Spacep. 83
Buenos Aires Feminine Spacep. 101
Jewish Buenos Airesp. 132
The Dirty Realism Of Enrique Medinap. 150
Sara Facio As Urban Photographerp. 170
Notesp. 195
Bibliographyp. 211
Indexp. 224
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