Effects of the Nation: Mexican Art in an Age of Globalization
What is the effect of a "nation"? In this age of globalization, is it dead, dying, only dormant? The essays in this groundbreaking volume use the arts in Mexico to move beyond the national and the global to look at the activity of a community continually recreating itself within and beyond its own borders.
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.