The Burden of Modernity: The Rhetoric of Cultural Discourse in Spanish America

The Burden of Modernity: The Rhetoric of Cultural Discourse in Spanish America

by Carlos J. Alonso
     
 

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This book offers a provocative interpretation of cultural discourse in Spanish America. Alonso argues that Spanish American cultural production constituted itself through commitment to what he calls the "narrative of futurity," that is, the uncompromising adoption of modernity. This commitment fueled a rhetorical crisis that followed the embracing of

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This book offers a provocative interpretation of cultural discourse in Spanish America. Alonso argues that Spanish American cultural production constituted itself through commitment to what he calls the "narrative of futurity," that is, the uncompromising adoption of modernity. This commitment fueled a rhetorical crisis that followed the embracing of discourses regarded as "modern" in historical and economic circumstance that are themselves the negation of modernity. Through fresh readings of texts by Sarmiento, Mansilla, Quiroga, Vargos Llosa, Garcia Marquez, and others, Alonso tracks this textual dynamic in works from the nineteenth century to the present.

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"Alonso's acute inquiry into nineteenth- and twentieth-century texts leads to an illuminating reflection on Latin America's problematic relation to modernity. With its strong arguments and subtle readings, this insightful book challenges the reader to rethink Latin American literature and culture in provocative ways."—Sylvia Molloy, New York University

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195118636
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
09/28/1998
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)

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