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Beyond Imagined Communities: Reading and Writing the Nation in Nineteenth-Century Latin America
     

Beyond Imagined Communities: Reading and Writing the Nation in Nineteenth-Century Latin America

by Sara Castro-Klarén
 

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ISBN-10: 0801878535

ISBN-13: 9780801878534

Pub. Date: 12/01/2003

Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press

How did the nationalisms of Latin America's many countries—elaborated in everything from history and fiction to cookery—arise from their common backgrounds in the Spanish and Portuguese empires and their similar populations of mixed European, native, and African origins? Beyond Imagined Communities: Reading and Writing the Nation in

Overview

How did the nationalisms of Latin America's many countries—elaborated in everything from history and fiction to cookery—arise from their common backgrounds in the Spanish and Portuguese empires and their similar populations of mixed European, native, and African origins? Beyond Imagined Communities: Reading and Writing the Nation in Nineteenth-Century Latin America, discards one answer and provides a rich collection of others.

These essays began as a critique of the argument by Benedict Anderson's highly influential book Imagined Communities: Reflections on the Origin and Spread of Nationalism. Anderson traces Latin American nationalisms to local circulation of colonial newspapers and tours of duty of colonial administrators, but this book shows the limited validity of these arguments.

Instead, Beyond Imagined Communities shows how more diverse cultural influences shaped Latin American nationalisms. Four historians examine social situations: François-Xavier Guerra studies various forms of political communication; Tulio Halperín Donghi, political parties; Sarah C. Chambers, the feminine world of salons; and Andrew Kirkendall, the institutions of higher education that trained the new administrators. Next, four critics examine production of cultural objects: Fernando Unzueta investigates novels; Sara Castro-Klarén, archeology and folklore; Gustavo Verdesio, suppression of unwanted archeological evidence; and Beatriz González Stephan, national literary histories and international expositions.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780801878534
Publisher:
Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date:
12/01/2003
Series:
Woodrow Wilson Center Press Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
280
Sales rank:
1,387,544
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.73(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: Beyond Imagined Communitiesix
The Historians
1.Forms of Communication, Political Spaces, and Cultural Identities in the Creation of Spanish American Nations3
2.Argentine Counterpoint: Rise of the Nation, Rise of the State33
3.Letters and Salons: Women Reading and Writing the Nation54
4.Student Culture and Nation-State Formation84
The Critics
5.Scenes of Reading: Imagining Nations/Romancing History in Spanish America115
6.The Nation in Ruins: Archaeology and the Rise of the Nation161
7.An Amnesic Nation: The Erasure of Indigenous Pasts by Uruguayan Expert Knowledges196
8.Showcases of Consumption: Historical Panoramas and Universal Expositions225
Contributors239
Index243

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