Argentina: Stories for a Nationby Amy K. Kaminsky
Pub. Date: 08/05/2008
Publisher: University of Minnesota Press
In this wide-ranging and at times poetic new work, Amy K.
By the end of the twentieth century, Argentina's complex identity-tango and chimichurri, Eva Peron and the Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo, the Falklands and the Dirty War, Jorge Luis Borges and Maradona, economic chaos and a memory of vast wealth-had become entrenched in the consciousness of the Western world.
In this wide-ranging and at times poetic new work, Amy K. Kaminsky explores Argentina's unique national identity and the place it holds in the minds of those who live beyond its physical borders. To analyze the country's meaning in the global imagination, Kaminsky probes Argentina's presence in a broad range of literary texts from the United States, Poland, England, Western Europe, and Argentina itself, as well as internationally produced films, advertisements, and newspaper features.
Kaminsky's examination reveals how Europe consumes an image of Argentina that acts as a pivot between the exotic and the familiar. Going beyond the idea of suffocating Eurocentrism as a theory of national identity, Kaminsky presents an original and vivid reading of national myths and realities that encapsulates the interplay among the many meanings of "Argentina" and its place in the world's imagination.
About the Author:
Amy K. Kaminsky is professor of gender, women, and sexuality studies and global studies at the University of Minnesota. She is author of After Exile (Minnesota, 1999)
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Table of Contents
Bartered Butterflies 1
Identity Narratives; or, It Takes Two to Tango 18
Imperial Anxieties 35
Europe's Uncanny Other 51
Victoria Ocampo and the Keyserling Effect 70
The Race for National Identity 99
The Other Within 122
The Outlaw Jews of Buenos Aires 138
Dirty War Stories 158
Violent Exclusions 183
The Persistence of Memory 203
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