Buenos Aires: Perspectives on the City and Cultural Production / Edition 1

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Since the nineteenth century, Buenos Aires, the largest city of Spanish-speaking South America, has been one of the continent's major cultural centers. David Foster analyzes a standard aspect of Argentine culture, the tango, but with attention to gender issues; he looks at theater in terms of its interpretation of Argentine social life; the "dirty realism" of Enrique Medina provides a focus for marginal, subaltern, and suppressed sectors of the urban landscape; and gender emerges again in his discussion of photography (highlighting the work of Sara Facio, one of the city's great feminist artists), of Jewish ethnicity and immigrant culture, and of lesbian and gay identity in public spaces. Combining an eclectic dimension in its research (Foster is willing to analyze such ephemera as slogans, catch-phrases, and the decoration of public transportation) with a breadth of scope (the book encompasses history, literature, anthropology, architecture, and cultural politics), Buenos Aires will engage the reader in the imagination of one of the most vibrant cities of the world.
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Full of sharp insights and surprising departures. It is an unprecedented study. . . . The analysees are carried out with a risk-taking boldness.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813016139
  • Publisher: University Press of Florida
  • Publication date: 11/28/1998
  • Edition description: First
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 240
  • Lexile: 1630L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction 1
1 Mafalda: From Hearth to Plaza 17
2 Theater and Urban Culture 34
3 Tango and Urban Sexual Regulation 53
4 Homoeroticism and Contested Space 83
5 Buenos Aires: Feminine Space 101
6 Jewish Buenos Aires 132
7 The Dirty Realism of Enrique Medina 150
8 Sara Facio as Urban Photographer 170
Notes 195
Bibliography 211
Index 224
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