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The utopian impulse in Latin America /
edited by Kim Beauchesne and Alessandra Santos.
edition
1st ed.
imprint
New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2011.
description
vi, 307 p. : ill., map ; 24 cm.
ISBN
0230103529 (hbk.), 9780230103528 (hbk.)
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imprint
New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2011.
isbn
0230103529 (hbk.)
9780230103528 (hbk.)
abstract
"The present volume explores the concept of utopia in Latin America from the earliest accounts of the New World to current cultural production. The carefully selected essays in this volume represent the latest research on the topic by some of the most important Latin Americanists working in North American academia today. With an interdisciplinary approach, the texts included discuss the notion of a utopian impulse in literature, music, performance, cinema, visual arts, critical theory, cultural studies, and political science. Among the many questions the book grapples with are how the utopian impulse is reconfigured over time, especially in new cultural fields and situations, and how Latin American utopias should be contextualized in the so-called global era"--
catalogue key
8178661
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
Kim Beauchesne is an assistant professor of Hispanic Studies at the University of British Columbia. Her next book examines the representation of the Latin American periphery in colonial and postcolonial narratives. She is currently working on a project addressing Transpacific Studies that is funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. Alessandra Santos is an assistant professor of Portuguese and Brazilian Studies at the University of Utah. Her book on reinterpretations of cultural cannibalism and Brazilian poet Arnaldo Atunes is forthcoming (2011).
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Appeared in Choice on 2012-04-01:
This cohesive collection of 14 insightful essays by established scholars is a strong contribution not only to the field of Latin American studies but also to the humanities in general. Theory and practice of utopia are explored from a multitude of angles: literary, political, historical, ethnic, philosophical, social, and generic. The collection is unified by the premise that utopian thought--and the consequence it frequently manifests, dystopia--has been a recurrent theme in Latin America since the time of the conquistadors. It continues into the present, despite (and perhaps, paradoxically, also due to) its predisposition to ambiguity and transformation. Beauchesne (Univ. of British Columbia) and Santos (Univ. of Utah) divide the book into six sections: "Foundational Utopias," "Utopia and Modernity," "Feminist Utopias," "Utopia and the Counterculture," "Revolutionary Utopias and the Politics of Memory," and "Utopia and Ethnicity in the Twenty-First Century." Though each essay makes a laudable contribution to a more thorough understanding of the utopian impulses in Latin America, of particular note is Diana Sorensen's "Utopia and the Politics of Memory," which explores the notion of utopia as temporal, rather than spatial. Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through faculty. R. Payne St. Joseph College
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This edited volume explores the concept of utopia in Latin America using fifteen essays representing the latest research in literature, music, theatre, cinema, anthropology, and politics
Long Description
An exploration of the concept of utopia in Latin America from the earliest accounts of the New World to current cultural production, the carefully selected essays in this volume represent the latest research on the topic by some of the most important Latin Americanists working in North American academia today. With an interdisciplinary approach, chapters discuss the notion of a utopian impulse in literature, music, performance, cinema, visual arts, critical theory, cultural studies, and political science. Among the many questions the book grapples with are how the utopian impulse is reconfigured over time, especially in new cultural fields and situations, and how Latin American utopias should be contextualized in the so-called global era.
Long Description
This edited volume explores the concept of utopia in Latin America from the earliest texts about the New World through current cultural production. The book's originality lies in its diversity of approaches and its ability to challenge the static concept of utopia as well as other commonplaces about the subject. The volume argues that, despite a period of disenchantment which supposedly implied an end to utopian thinking, the utopian impulse has experienced many transformations but never expired. The fifteen essays included represent the latest research by some of the most noteworthy Latin Americanists in literature, music, theatre, cinema, visual arts, critical theory, cultural studies, anthropology, and politics.
Library of Congress Summary
"The present volume explores the concept of utopia in Latin America from the earliest accounts of the New World to current cultural production. The carefully selected essays in this volume represent the latest research on the topic by some of the most important Latin Americanists working in North American academia today. With an interdisciplinary approach, the texts included discuss the notion of a utopian impulse in literature, music, performance, cinema, visual arts, critical theory, cultural studies, and political science. Among the many questions the book grapples with are how the utopian impulse is reconfigured over time, especially in new cultural fields and situations, and how Latin American utopias should be contextualized in the so-called global era"--
Main Description
This edited volume explores the concept of utopia in Latin America from the earliest texts about the New World through current cultural production.
Table of Contents
List of Figuresp. vii
A Note on Translationp. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Introduction: The Theory and Practice of the Utopian Impulse in Latin Americap. 1
Foundational Utopias
Utopia in Latin America: Cartographies and Paradigmsp. 29
Barataria from the Perspective of Spanish American "Colonial" Studies: Contributions for a Reading of (Counter)Utopia in the Quijote and the New Worldp. 51
Utopia and Modernity
Remnants of a Dream World: Latin American Pavilions at the 1889 Paris Universal Exhibitionp. 73
Ecocannibalism: The Greening of Antropofagiap. 93
Eulalia in Utopia: Urban Space, Modernity, and Gendered Typologies in Ruben Dario and Hilda Hilstp. 107
Feminist Utopias
Southern Displacements in Flora Tristan's Peregrinations d'une pariap. 131
Revolution Interrupted: The "Women of April" and the Utopia of National Liberationp. 145
Utopia and Counterculture
Jorge Mautner and Countercultural Utopia in Brazilp. 173
Spatial Effects: Navigating the City in Cildo Meireles's Arte Fisica: Caixas de Brasilia/Clareirap. 187
Revolutionary Utopias and the Politics of Memory
Dangerous Illusions and Shining Utopias: From Banditry to Party in Jorge Amado's Seara Vermelhap. 203
Utopia and the Politics of Memoryp. 225
The Innocent Eye: Children's Perspectives on the Utopias of the Seventies (O Ano em que Meus Pais Sairam de Ferias, Machuca, and Kamchatka)p. 235
Utopia and Ethnicity in the Twenty-First Century
Urgent (Anti)Spectacles of Critical Hopep. 259
Recent Peruvian Quechua Poetry: Beyond Andean and Neoliberal Utopiasp. 275
Notes on Contributorsp. 295
Indexp. 299
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