The first essays in this volume locate Latin America within the postmodernism debate by addressing both its position in the theory of the postmodern and the peripheral existence of the continent in light of the globalizing practices of the contemporary world. The next essays focus on the Caribbean and elements of the formation of identity and culture in a group of societies belonging to the same geographic region but confronted with the idiosyncrasies of their colonial histories, the problematics of race and language, and their relation to the politics and cultures of metropolitan powers. There are three essays concerned with re-readings of the first encounters between Europe and America and discussions of more recent fictional representations of the past which attempt to recover the lost Amerindian Other of the Conquest and Colonization and to reveal the constructedness of History. Finally, preceded by two texts on ways of reading and writing in Latin America, the final four essays are concerned with challenges to the discourses of power by Latin American women who re-define the subject and counter the established hegemonies of religion, culture, and social structure both in their writing and political actions. As a collection of essays, this volume will appeal to readers who are interested in Post-modernism as a global phenomenon and in understanding the different forms it takes and the issues it addresses in different cultural environments.
Richard A. YOUNG: Preface. Wladimir KRYSINSKI: Rethinking Postmodernism (With Some Latin American Excurses). Alfonso DE TORO: The Epistemological Foundations of the Contemporary Condition: Latin America in Dialogue with Postmodernity and Postcoloniality. Daniel CASTILLO-DURANTE: From Postmodernity to the Rubbish Heap: Latin America and its Cultural Practices. Sabine HOFMANN: Transculturación and Creolization: Concepts of Caribbean Cultural Theory. George LANG: Papiamentu, the Caribbean Paradigm and Cultural Fractality. Catherine den TANDT: Caribbean Sounds: Salsa and Cultural Identity in Puerto Rico. Maximilien LAROCHE: Haitian Postmodernisms. Iris M. ZAVALA: The Caribbean: A Common Discourse?, or the Burden of Amontillado. (An Essay in Critical Fiction) Catherine POUPENEY HART: The Mexican Dream and the Eclipse of the Other: Rewriting History for Modern and Postmodern Times. María Cristina PONS: The Cannibalism of History: The Historical Representation of an Absent Other in El Entenado by Juan José Saer. Amaryll CHANADY: Abel Posse and the Rewriting of the Aguirre Myth. Daniel F. CHAMBERLAIN: Latin American Narrative: Perspectives and the Postmodern Context. Mónica ZAPATA: Like Water for Chocolate and the Free Circulation of Clichés. Claudine POTVIN: De-Scribing Post-modern Feminism. Francine MASIELLO: Este pobre fin de siglo: Intellectuals and Cultural Minorities During Argentina's Ten Years of Democracy. Doreley COLL: Postmodern Discourse: Subversive Re-writing in Clarice Lispector. Z. Nelly MARTINEZ: Cristina Peri Rossi's The Ship of Fools, or The Garden of Forking Desire(s).