The Postmodernism Debate in Latin America

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Overview

Postmodernism may seem a particularly inappropriate term when used in conjunction with a region that is usually thought of as having only recently, and then unevenly, acceded to modernity. Yet in the last several years the concept has risen to the top of the agenda of cultural and political debate in Latin America.
This collection explores the Latin American engagement with postmodernism, less to present a regional variant of the concept than to situate it in a transnational framework. Recognizing that postmodernism in Latin America can only inaccurately be thought of as having traveled from an advanced capitalist "center" to arrive at a still dependent neocolonial "periphery," the contributors share the assumption that postmodernism is itself about the dynamics of interaction between local and metropolitan cultures in a global system in which the center-periphery model has begun to break down. These essays examine the ways in which postmodernism not only designates the effects of this transnationalism in Latin America, but also registers the cultural and political impact on an increasingly simultaneous global culture of a Latin America struggling with its own set of postcolonial contingencies, particularly the crisis of its political left, the dominance of neoliberal economic models, and the new challenges and possibilities opened by democratization.
With new essays on the dynamics of Brazilian culture, the relationship between postmodernism and Latin American feminism, postmodernism and imperialism, and the implications of postmodernist theory for social policy, as well as the text of the Declaration from the Lacandon Jungle of the Zapatatista National Liberation Army, this expanded edition of boundary 2 will interest not only Latin Americanists, but scholars in all disciplines concerned with theories of the postmodern.

Contributors. Xavier Albó, José Joaquín Brunner, Fernando Calderón, Enrique Dussel, Néstor García Canclini, Martín Hopenhayn, Neil Larsen, the Latin American Subaltern Studies Group, Norbert Lechner, María Milagros López, Raquel Olea, Aníbal Quijano, Nelly Richard, Carlos Rincón, Silviano Santiago, Beatriz Sarlo, Roberto Schwarz, and Hernán Vidal

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780822316145
  • Publisher: Duke University Press
  • Publication date: 5/28/1995
  • Series: a boundary 2 book Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 322
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

John Beverley is Professor of Hispanic Languages and Literatures and Communications at the University of Pittsburgh.

José Oviedo is a Ph.D candidate in Sociology and Cultural Studies at the University of Pittsburgh.

Michael Aronna is an Instructor in Spanish at Montclair State College.

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Table of Contents

Note to This Edition
Introduction 1
Our Identity Starting from Pluralism in the Base 18
Notes on Modernity and Postmodernity in Latin American Culture 34
Latin American Identity and Mixed Temporalities; or, How to be Postmodern and Indian at the Same Time 55
Eurocentrism and Modernity (Introduction to the Frankfurt Lectures) 65
The Hybrid: A Conversation with Margarita Zires, Raymundo Mier, and Mabel Piccini 77
Postmodernism and Neoliberalism in Latin America 93
Postmodernism and Imperialism: Theory and Politics in Latin America 110
Founding Statement 135
A Disenchantment Called Postmodernism 147
Postwork Society and Postmodern Subjectivities 165
Feminism: Modern or Postmodern? 192
Modernity, Identity, and Utopia in Latin America 201
Cultural Peripheries: Latin America and Postmodernist De-centering 217
The Peripheral Center of Postmodernism: On Borges, Garcia Marquez, and Alterity 223
Reading and Discursive Intensities: On the Situation of Postmodern Reception in Brazil 241
Aesthetics and Post-Politics: From Fujimori to the Gulf War 250
National by Imitation 264
Postmodernism, Postleftism, and Neo-Avant-Gardism: The Case of Chile's Revista de Critica Cultural 282
Reply to Vidal (from Chile) 307
Declaration from the Lacandon Jungle 311
Contributors 314
Index 318
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