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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.
|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|