The Effects of the Nation: Mexican Art in an Age of Globalization

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What is the effect of a "nation"? In this age of globalization, is it dead, dying, only dormant? The essays in this groundbreaking volume use the arts in Mexico to move beyond the national and the global to look at the activity of a community continually recreating itself within and beyond its own borders.

Steering a careful course between the nostalgia of nationalism and the insensitivity of globalism, the ten essays collected here look at a wide range of aesthetic productions -- especially literature and the visual arts -- that give context to how art and society interact.

Individually, they explore the incorporation of historical icons, of vanguardism, of international influence. From Diego Rivera to Elena Garro, from the Tlatelolco massacre to the Chiapas rebellion, from mass-market fiction to the film Aliens, the contributors view the many sides of Mexican life as relevant to the creation of a constantly shifting national culture. Taken together, the essays look both backward and forward at the evolving effect of the Mexican nation.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781566398657
  • Publisher: Temple University Press
  • Publication date: 7/28/2001
  • Pages: 232
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.34 (h) x 0.65 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: Ungoverned Specificities 1
1 Mexican Art on Display 20
2 Mathias Goeritz: Emotional Architecture and Creating a Mexican National Art 37
3 Corporeal Identities in Mexican Art: Modern and Postmodern Strategies 53
4 Elena Poniatowska's Querido Diego, to abraza Quiela: A Re-vision of Her Story 73
5 "Un octubre manchado se detiene": Memory and Testimony in the Poetry of David Huerta 98
6 Aesthetic Criteria and the Literary Market in Mexico: The Changing Shape of Quality, 1982-1994 114
7 Un hogar insolito: Elena Garro and Mexican Literary Culture 138
8 Rene Derouin: Dialogues with Mexico 160
9 Unhomely Feminine: Rosina Conde 178
10 The Postmodern Hybrid: Do Aliens Dream of Alien Sheep? 196
About the Contributors 213
Index 217
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