The Senses of Democracy: Perception, Politics, and Culture in Latin America

The Senses of Democracy: Perception, Politics, and Culture in Latin America

by Francine R. Masiello


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781477315040
Publisher: University of Texas Press
Publication date: 05/02/2018
Pages: 326
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

Francine R. Masiello is the Sidney and Margaret Ancker Professor Emerita of Spanish and Comparative Literature and professor of the Graduate School at the University of California at Berkeley. Her many books include Between Civilization and Barbarism: Women, Nation, and Literary Culture in Modern Argentina and The Art of Transition: Latin American Culture and Neoliberal Crisis, which were both awarded the Modern Language Association’s Katherine Singer Kovacs Prize for outstanding book in the field of Hispanic studies, and El cuerpo de la voz (poesía, ética, cultura), which received the Latin American Studies Association Southern Cone Prize for best book in the humanities.

Table of Contents

  • List of Illustrations
  • Acknowledgments
  • Introduction
  • Chapter 1. Sensing the Early Republic
  • Chapter 2. Troubled by Gender: Technology and Perception in the Women’s Nineteenth Century
  • Chapter 3. Collective Synesthesia: The 1920s Avant-Garde
  • Chapter 4. A Politics of Perception against the State
  • Chapter 5. By Way of a Conclusion: A Sense of the “Now”
  • Notes
  • Works Cited
  • Index

What People are Saying About This

Diana Sorensen

"A new literary and cultural history of more than two hundred years of cultural production. This book is clearly the work of a scholar who has reached a brilliant point of integration of her analytical and interpretive powers and who has the insight to be both original and persuasive. I would not be surprised if Masiello opens up a field of Latin American sense studies with the publication of this book."

Gwen Kirkpatrick

"While the focus is on Latin America, the universe this book moves in is a wide one, informed by US literature and history, European arts, literature and philosophy, and imperial and postcolonial theory and history, all rendered by a sharp-eyed and prodigiously informed mind. Few scholars can hold so many literary and historical traditions in dynamic counterpositioning. In this sense, the book is a real tour de force. It welcomes the reader and sets up no barriers to comprehension. Much of its brilliance lies in this incredible juggling act."

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