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The Burden of Modernity: The Rhetoric of Cultural Discourse in Spanish America

The Burden of Modernity: The Rhetoric of Cultural Discourse in Spanish America

by Carlos J. Alonso


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This book offers a provocative interpretation of cultural discourse in Spanish America. Alonso argues that Spanish American cultural production constituted itself through commitment to what he calls the "narrative of futurity," that is, the uncompromising adoption of modernity. This commitment fueled a rhetorical crisis that followed the embracing of discourses regarded as "modern" in historical and economic circumstance that are themselves the negation of modernity. Through fresh readings of texts by Sarmiento, Mansilla, Quiroga, Vargos Llosa, Garcia Marquez, and others, Alonso tracks this textual dynamic in works from the nineteenth century to the present.

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ISBN-13: 9780195118636
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date: 06/19/1998
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgements
1. Modernity as Ideal and Curse
2. Reading Sarmiento: Once More, With Passion
3. Strange Fruit: The Discourse of the Cuban Anti-Slavery Novel
4. Oedipus in the Pampas: Lucio Mansilla's 'Una excursion a los indios Ranqueles'
5. Death and Resurrections: Horacio Quiroga's Poetics of the Short Story
6. The Elementary Structure of Kinship: Vargas Llosa's 'La tia Julia y el escribidor'
7. The Closing of the Circle: The End of Modernity in Spanish America
Epilogue: They Have Never Been Modern (Either)

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