Latin Americanism

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In this timely book, Roman de la Campa asks to what degree the Latin America being studied in so many U.S. academies is actually an entity "made in the U.S.A." He argues that there is an ever-increasing gap between the political, theoretical, and financial pressures affecting the U.S. academy and Latin America's own cultural, political, and literary practices and considers what this new Latin Americanism has to say about the claims of poststructuralism, postmodern theory, and deconstruction.

De la Campa focuses particularly on the conduct of Latin American literary criticism in U.S. universities and compares it with the "Latin Americanism" of Latin America itself. He examines the translation of Latin American works into English, the conduct of Latin American literary criticism in English, the careerism of U.S. intellectuals, and the diaspora of "third world" intellectuals. In a reconsideration of the vogue in Latin American literature and magical realism in light of new work by theorists residing in Latin America, he contrasts this work with critiques of Latin American discourses in the United States.

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Mary Louise Pratt
This is an impressive and valuable book that thoughtfully diagnoses current paradigm shifts in the study of Latin American literature and culture, significantly advancing the crucial dialogue on how postcolonial and postmodern approaches bear on the Americas. Drawing on a huge breadth of reading, these essays are indispensible for scholars engaged in Latin American cultural studies.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780816631179
  • Publisher: University of Minnesota Press
  • Publication date: 6/28/1999
  • Series: Cultural Studies of the Americas Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 5.88 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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