The Argentina Reader: History, Culture, Politics / Edition 1

The Argentina Reader: History, Culture, Politics / Edition 1

by Gabriela Nouzeilles
     
 

ISBN-10: 082232914X

ISBN-13: 9780822329145

Pub. Date: 12/25/2002

Publisher: Duke University Press Books

Excessively European, refreshingly European, not as European as it looks, struggling to overcome a delusion that it is European. Argentina—in all its complexity—has often been obscured by variations of the "like Europe and not like the rest of Latin America" cliché. The Argentina Reader deliberately breaks from that viewpoint.

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Excessively European, refreshingly European, not as European as it looks, struggling to overcome a delusion that it is European. Argentina—in all its complexity—has often been obscured by variations of the "like Europe and not like the rest of Latin America" cliché. The Argentina Reader deliberately breaks from that viewpoint. This essential introduction to Argentina’s history, culture, and society provides a richer, more comprehensive look at one of the most paradoxical of Latin American nations: a nation that used to be among the richest in the world, with the largest middle class in Latin America, yet one that entered the twenty-first century with its economy in shambles and its citizenry seething with frustration.

This diverse collection brings together songs, articles, comic strips, scholarly essays, poems, and short stories. Most pieces are by Argentines. More than forty of the texts have never before appeared in English. The Argentina Reader contains photographs from Argentina’s National Archives and images of artwork by some of the country’s most talented painters and sculptors. Many selections deal with the history of indigenous Argentines, workers, women, blacks, and other groups often ignored in descriptions of the country. At the same time, the book includes excerpts by or about such major political figures as José de San Martín and Juan Perón. Pieces from literary and social figures virtually unknown in the United States appear alongside those by more well-known writers such as Jorge Luis Borges, Ricardo Piglia, and Julio Cortázar.

The Argentina Reader covers the Spanish colonial regime; the years of nation building following Argentina’s independence from Spain in 1810; and the sweeping progress of economic growth and cultural change that made Argentina, by the turn of the twentieth century, the most modern country in Latin America. The bulk of the collection focuses on the twentieth century: on the popular movements that enabled Peronism and the revolutionary dreams of the 1960s and 1970s; on the dictatorship from 1976 to 1983 and the accompanying culture of terror and resistance; and, finally, on the contradictory and disconcerting tendencies unleashed by the principles of neoliberalism and the new global economy. The book also includes a list of suggestions for further reading.

The Argentina Reader is an invaluable resource for those interested in learning about Argentine history and culture, whether in the classroom or in preparation for travel in Argentina.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780822329145
Publisher:
Duke University Press Books
Publication date:
12/25/2002
Series:
The Latin America Readers
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
600
Sales rank:
251,419
Product dimensions:
6.13(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsxiii
General Introduction1
I.At the Margins of the Empire15
The Deeds of Elal19
Going Wild23
Monsters in Patagonia27
Women Captives30
The Jesuit Mission34
A Gaucho Sings the Victories of the Empire38
The First British Invasion40
II.To Build a Nation43
The Revolution47
The Landowners' Petition66
The Good Citizen71
Women in the Fatherland73
The Caudillo's Order75
Civilization or Barbarism?80
Rosas and Washington91
The Black Girl93
Immigration as a Means of Progress95
III.Frontiers103
The Slaughterhouse107
Wars of Extermination115
The Triple Alliance119
One Hundred Leagues of Trench126
Gauchos in and out of the State133
An Expedition to the Ranquel Indians146
Letter to the President154
IV.Splendor and Fin de Siecle157
The Foundation of the National State161
The Paris of South America170
The Modern Crowd182
Making It in America188
The Jewish Gauchos193
The Birth of Tango196
Bourgeois Snakes203
Argentina as Latin American Avant-Garde206
National Identity in a Cosmopolitan Society209
V.Modern Times215
Simon Radowitzky219
The Union Civica Radical231
Poems to Be Read on a Trolley Car251
Modern Women254
X-Ray of the Pampa259
Soccer and Popular Joy263
Cambalache266
VI.Populism and New Nationalism269
Peron and the People273
Saint Evita296
Ramona's Revenge304
Funes, the Memorious306
Victorian Fathers313
The Foreign Gaze319
Village on the River324
House Taken Over328
Operation Massacre333
VII.Revolutionary Dreams341
The Latin American Revolution according to "Che."345
Are We All Neurotic?352
Tucuman Is Burning358
The Cordobazo364
The Words of Silence372
The Muleteer375
Montoneros: Soldiers of Peron377
Antirevolutionary Peronism386
VIII.State Violence395
Modernization and Military Coups399
Artificial Respiration421
The Madwomen at the Plaza de Mayo429
Never Again440
Still Harboring448
In a State of Memory450
Corpses457
War in the South Atlantic465
IX.Democracy and Noeliberalism473
Teaching the Republic477
Living with Inflation481
Menem: A New Style in Politics487
The Journalist as the People's Detective495
Roadblocks, Detours, and Crossroads500
X.Argentina in the Age of Globalization: New Citizenships and the Politics of Memory505
We Are All Cursed509
Soccer and Masculinity519
Amerindian Rights525
Feminist Awakenings528
The Children of Death538
Active Memory544
Infinity549
Postmodern Forgetfulness553
Suggestions for Further Readings557
Acknowledgment of Copyrights565
Index571

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