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A Turbulent Decade Remembered: Scenes from the Latin American Sixties (Cultural Memory in the Present)by Diana Sorensen
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A Turbulent Decade Remembered studies the 1960s—the continental moment that marked Latin America's full entry into both modernity and post-modernity in the international arena. Delving into scenes of importance for the intersection of aesthetics and politics, the book addresses the impact of the Cuban Revolution on the imagination of the decade, the student movements of 1968 in their international context, and the tragic events of Tlatelolco, memorialized in different ways by Mexico's greatest intellectuals. In examining the construction of the great novels usually identified as the "Boom," the book revises the critical tradition established since the late sixties, rethinking the oft-cited "magical realism," while considering the role of the press, prizes, gendered networks of solidarity and competition, and the emergence of a literary star system. The implications of all these forces of the republic of letters are set in dialogue with an analysis of the major novels of the decade, with particular attention to their literary craft, their manipulation of space, voice, and varied readerships.
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Latin America was invented in the 19th century, says Sorensen (Romance languages and literatures and comparative literature, Harvard U.), but it was not until the 1960s that, as a continent, it found its space in the international republic of letters. She charts some of the material and symbolic conditions of the movement and the forms of representation in which they were expressed. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
This is an interdisciplinary study of the major cultural and political scenes of a decade marked by dramatic and sometimes traumatic—change.
This is an interdisciplinary study of the major cultural and political scenes of a decade marked by dramatic – and sometimes traumatic— change.
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"Sorensen has written a nuanced, well-argued cultural history of the deal of an illusion, i.e., of how the 1960s transitions in Latin America, as elsewhere, from bright utopian optimism to disenchantment... She offers a convincing study of the implications of male discourse and authorship as they relate tot he transitions that pivotal epoch underwent—transitions that led to a melancholic mourning for a lost world, or a world that could have been. As Sorensen states in the introduction, this incandescent volume is not a linear study of the 1960s, but one that digs deep into some select moments. Essential."—CHOICE
"The Sixties marked a turning point in politics, literature, and artistic expression in general throughout Latin America. They constitute a foundational moment that went far beyond the avant-garde movements of the early twentieth century in fostering continental commonality and transcontinental cultural awareness. Sorensen's book is ambitious in scope, and she engages in a more complex reflection on the intersection of aesthetics and politics in times of change than have some of her predecessors. An extremely engaging, highly intelligent, and most exciting study." —Sylvia Molloy, New York University
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