Argentina: Stories for a Nation

Argentina: Stories for a Nation

by Amy K. Kaminsky
     
 

ISBN-10: 0816649480

ISBN-13: 9780816649488

Pub. Date: 08/05/2008

Publisher: University of Minnesota Press

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.

Overview

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)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780816649488
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
Publication date:
08/05/2008
Pages:
280
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range:
3 Months

Table of Contents


Acknowledgments     ix
Preface     xi
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
Notes     231
Bibliography     261
Index     275

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