Reframing Latin America: A Cultural Theory Reading of the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries [NOOK Book]

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Providing an extensive introduction to cultural studies in general, regardless of chronological or geographic focus, and presenting provocative, essential readings from Latin American writers of the last two centuries, Reframing Latin America brings much-needed accessibility to the concepts of cultural studies and postmodernism. From Saussure to semiotics, the authors begin by demystifying terminology, then guide readers through five identity constructs, including nation, race, and gender. The readings that ...
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Reframing Latin America: A Cultural Theory Reading of the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries

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Overview

Providing an extensive introduction to cultural studies in general, regardless of chronological or geographic focus, and presenting provocative, essential readings from Latin American writers of the last two centuries, Reframing Latin America brings much-needed accessibility to the concepts of cultural studies and postmodernism. From Saussure to semiotics, the authors begin by demystifying terminology, then guide readers through five identity constructs, including nation, race, and gender. The readings that follow are presented with insightful commentary and encompass such themes as “Civilized Folk Marry the Barbarians” (including José Martí’s “Our America”) and “Boom Goes the Literature: Magical Realism as the True Latin America?” (featuring Elena Garro’s essay “It’s the Fault of the Tlaxcaltecas”). Films such as Like Water for Chocolate are discussed in-depth as well. The result is a lively, interdisciplinary guide for theorists and novices alike.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780292782655
  • Publisher: University of Texas Press
  • Publication date: 6/3/2009
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 1,070,836
  • File size: 4 MB

Meet the Author

Erik Ching is Associate Professor of History at Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina. Christina Buckley is Associate Professor of Spanish in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures at Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina.
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Table of Contents

What Are we Doing and Why are we Doing it? a Preface     xi
Acknowledgments     xv
Introduction(s)
Post What?! (Not) An Abbreviated Introduction     3
Saussure, Signs, and Semiotics, or Lots of Words That Begin with S     41
Narrating about Narrative     51
Theory
An Opening Jaunt: El Salvador in 1923     65
"A Gringo in Manana-land"   Harry Foster     67
Be Here (or There) Now     74
"Ethnicity: Identity and Difference"   Stuart Hall     77
Identity Construct #1: Race     87
I'm Not a Racist But ...   Lawrence Blum     93
Race and Ethnicity in Latin America   Peter Wade     98
Identity Construct #2: Class     104
The Idea of the Middle Class   David Parker     109
Identity Construct #3: Gender     118
"Doing Gender"   Candace West   Don Zimmerman     122
Masculinities   R. W. Connell     126
Identity Construct #4: Nation     134
The Inequality of Human Races   Arthur de Gobineau     138
On Becoming Cuban   Louis Perez     143
Identity Construct #5: Latin America     147
Journeys Through the Labyrinth   Gerald Martin     154
"The Search for Cultural Identity"   Leslie Bary     162
Local Histories, Global Designs   Walter Mignolo     167
Reading(s)
Civilized Folk Defeat the Barbarians: The Liberal Nation     189
Facundo   Domingo Sarmiento     192
Civilized Folk Marry the Barbarians: The Nationalist Nation     201
Introduction to Dona Barbara   Romulo Gallegos     201
Dona Barbara   Romulo Gallegos     205
Introduction to Doris Sommer's Foundational Fictions     210
Foundational Fictions   Doris Sommer     213
Introduction to Jose Marti's "Our America"     219
"Our America"   Jose Marti     223
Film Foray: The Three Caballeros     228
"Don (Juanito) Duck and the Imperial Patriarchal Discourse"   Julianne Burton     230
The Socialist Utopia: Che Guevara and the Cuban Revolution     237
Analyzing: The Motorcycle Diaries     237
Film Analysis: The Motorcycle Diaries     247
Introduction to Alma Guillermoprieto's "The Harsh Angel"     250
Alma Guillermoprieto: "The Harsh Angel"     252
Film Analysis: Soy Cuba/Ya Kuba (I Am Cuba)     259
Boom Goes the Literature: Magical Realism as the True Latin America?     269
"It's the Fault of the Tlaxcaltecas"   Elena Garro     272
Film Foray: Como agua para chocolate (Like Water for Chocolate)     286
"Why Tita Didn't Marry the Doctor, or Mexican History in Like Water for Chocolate"   Barbara Tenenbaum     290
"Consuming Tacos and Enchiladas"   Harmony Wu     297
Film Foray: Mi familia (My Family)     306
Are We There Yet? Testimonial Literature     318
Celsa's World: Conversations with a Mexican Peasant Woman   Thomas Tirado     320
Some Closing Comments     331
Permissions Acknowledgments     337
Index     341
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