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The Decline and Fall of the Lettered City: Latin America in the Cold War (Convergences: Inventories of the Present)

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The cultural Cold War in Latin America was waged as a war of values--artistic freedom versus communitarianism, Western values versus national cultures, the autonomy of art versus a commitment to liberation struggles--and at a time when the prestige of literature had never been higher. The projects of the historic avant-garde were revitalized by an anti-capitalist ethos and envisaged as the opposite of the republican state. The Decline and Fall of the Lettered City charts the conflicting universals of this period, the clash between avant-garde and political vanguard. This was also a twilight of literature at the threshold of the great cultural revolution of the seventies and eighties, a revolution to which the Cold War indirectly contributed. In the eighties, civil war and military rule, together with the rapid development of mass culture and communication empires, changed the political and cultural map.

A long-awaited work by an eminent Latin Americanist widely read throughout the world, this book will prove indispensable to anyone hoping to understand Latin American literature and society. Jean Franco guides the reader across minefields of cultural debate and histories of highly polarized struggle. Focusing on literary texts by García Marquez, Vargas Llosa, Roa Bastos, and Juan Carlos Onetti, conducting us through this contested history with the authority of an eyewitness, Franco gives us an engaging overview as involving as it is moving.

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Honorable Mention, 2002 Katherine Singer Kovacs Prize, Modern Language Association

Synopsis:

The cultural Cold War in Latin America was waged as a war of values--artistic freedom versus communitarianism, Western values versus national cultures, the autonomy of art versus a commitment to liberation struggles--and at a time when the prestige of literature had never been higher. The projects of the historic avant-garde were revitalized by an anti-capitalist ethos and envisaged as the opposite of the republican state. < i>

About the Author

Jean Franco is Professor of English and Comparative Literature, Emeritus at Columbia University.

Columbia University

Table of Contents

Introduction

I. Conflicting Universals

1. Killing Them Softly: the Cold War and Culture

2. Communist Manifestoes

3. Liberated Territories

II. Peripheral Fantasies

4. Anti-States

5. The Black Angel of Time

6. The Magic of Alterity

III. A Cultural Revolution

7. Cultural Revolutions

8. The Seduction of Margins

9. Bodies in Distress: Narratives of Globalization

10. Obstinate Memory: Tainted History

11. Inside the Empire

Notes

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780674008427
Author:
Franco, Jean
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Location:
Cambridge, Mass.
Subject:
Caribbean & Latin American
Subject:
Civilization
Subject:
Latin america
Subject:
Literature and society
Subject:
Latin american literature
Subject:
Hispanic American
Subject:
Literature and society -- Latin America.
Subject:
Latin American literature -- 20th century.
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Series:
Convergences: Inventories of the Present
Series Volume:
24
Publication Date:
April 2002
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
None
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 19 oz

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