Mariano Siskind’s groundbreaking debut book redefines the scope of world literature, particularly regarding the place of Latin America in its imaginaries and mappings. In Siskind’s formulation, world literature is a modernizing discursive strategy, a way in which cultures negotiate their aspirations to participate in global networks of cultural exchange, and an original tool to reorganize literary history. Working with novels, poems, essays, travel narratives, and historical documents, Siskind reads the way Latin American literary modernity was produced as a global relation, from the rise of planetary novels in the 1870s and the cosmopolitan imaginaries of modernism at the turn of the twentieth century, to the global spread of magical realism. With its unusual breadth of reference and firm but unobtrusive grounding in philosophy, literary theory, and psychoanalysis, Cosmopolitan Desires will have a major impact in the fields of Latin American studies and comparative literature.
About the Author
MARIANO SISKIND is John L. Loeb Associate Professor of the Humanities at Harvard University.
Table of Contents
Part I World Literature as a Global Relation, or The Material Production of Literary Worlds
1 The Globalization of the Novel and the Novelization of the Global 25
2 The Global Life of Genres and the Material Travels of Magical Realism 59
Part II Marginal Cosmopolitanism, Modernismo, and the Desire for the World
3 The Rise of Latin American World Literary Discourses (1882-1925) 103
4 Dario's French Universal and the World Mappings of Modernismo 184
5 Gomez Carrillo Eastbound: Travel, Orientalism, and the Jewish Question 223
Works Cited 317