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The Argentina Reader: History, Culture and Society (Latin America Readers)

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Publisher Comments:

Excessively European, refreshingly European, not as European as it looks, struggling to overcome a delusion that it is European. Argentina?in all its complexity?has often been obscured by variations of the "like Europe and not like the rest of Latin America" cliché. The Argentina Reader deliberately breaks from that viewpoint. This essential introduction to Argentina's history, culture, and society provides a richer, more comprehensive look at one of the most paradoxical of Latin American nations: a nation that used to be among the richest in the world, with the largest middle class in Latin America, yet one that entered the twenty-first century with its economy in shambles and its citizenry seething with frustration.

This diverse collection brings together songs, articles, comic strips, scholarly essays, poems, and short stories. Most pieces are by Argentines. More than forty of the texts have never before appeared in English. The Argentina Reader contains photographs from Argentina's National Archives and images of artwork by some of the country's most talented painters and sculptors. Many selections deal with the history of indigenous Argentines, workers, women, blacks, and other groups often ignored in descriptions of the country. At the same time, the book includes excerpts by or about such major political figures as José San Martin and Juan Perón. Pieces from literary and social figures virtually unknown in the United States appear alongside those by more well-known writers such as Jorge Luis Borges, Ricardo Piglia, and Julio Cortázar

The Argentina Reader covers the Spanish colonial regime; the years of nation-building following Argentina's independence from Spain in 1810; and the sweeping progress of economic growth and cultural change that made Argentina, by the turn of the twentieth century, the most modern country in Latin America. The bulk of the collection focuses on the twentieth century: on the popular movements that enabled Peronism and the revolutionary dreams of the 1960s and 1970s; on the dictatorship from 1976 to 1983 and the accompanying culture of terror and resistance; and, finally, on the contradictory and disconcerting tendencies unleashed by the principles of neoliberalism and the new global economy. The book also includes a list of suggestions for further reading

The Argentina Reader is an invaluable resource for those interested in learning about Argentine history and culture, whether in the classroom or in preparation for travel in Argentina

Review:

"Impossible to find a better introduction to the labyrinth, enigma and delight that is Argentina, from the first sightings to the latest curses. Splendid and indispensable!" Ariel Dorfman

Review:

"From Eurocentric cosmopolitan Buenos Aires to gauchos on the last frontier, these readings have a powerful collective impact. The volume complements the recent Culture and Customs of Argentina to provide a comprehensive view of this complex nation of some 37 million people. Recommended for academic and larger public libraries." Boyd Childress, Library Journal

Synopsis:

This work provides a look at one of the most paradoxical of Latin American nations: a nation that used to be among the richest in the world, with the largest middle class in Latin America, yet one that entered the 21st century with its economy in a shambles and its people seething with frustration.

Synopsis:

An interdisciplinary anthology that includes many primary materials never before published in English.

About the Author

Gabriela Nouzeilles is Assistant Professor of Romance Studies at Duke University

Graciela Montaldo is Professor of Languages and Literatures at the Universidad Simón Bolívar

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
General Introduction

I. At the Margins of the Empire
The Deeds of Elal / Anonymous
Going Wild / Ulderico Schmidt
Monsters in Patagonia / Antonio Pigafetta
Women Captives / Ruy Diaz de Guzman
The Jesuit Mission / Father Strobel
A Gaucho Sings the Victories of the Empire / Juan Baltasar Maciel
The First British Invasion / Mariquita Sanchez de Thompson

II. To Build a Nation
The Revolution / Tulio Halperin Donghi
The Landowners' Petition / Mariano Moreno
The Good Citizen / Jose de San Martin
Women in the Fatherland / Juana Manuela Gorriti
The Caudillo's Order / Juan Manuel de Rosas
Civilization or Barbarism? / Domingo Faustino Sarmiento
Rosas and Washington / Pedro de Angelis
The Black Girl / Anonymous
Immigration as a Means of Progress / Juan Bautista Alberdi

III. Frontiers
The Slaughterhouse / Esteban Echeverria
Wars of Extermination / Charles Darwin
The Triple Alliance / Captain Francisco Seeber
One Hundred Leagues of Trench / Alfred Ebelot
Gauchos in and out of the State / Jose Hernandez
An Expedition to the Ranquel Indians / Lucio V. Mansilla
Letter to the President / Chief Manuel Namuncura

IV. Splendor and the Fin de Siecle
The Foundation of the National State / David Vinas
The Paris of South America / James Scobie
The Modern Crowd / Jose Maria Ramos Mejia
Making It in America / Oreste Sola
The Jewish Gauchos / Alberto Gerchunoff
The Birth of Tango / Simon Collier
Bourgeois Snakes / Jose Ingenieros
Argentina as Latin American Avant-Garde / Ruben Dario
National Identity in a Cosmopolitan Society / Leopoldo Lugones

V. Modern Times
Simon Radowitzky / Osvaldo Bayer
The Union Civica Radical / David Rock
Poems to be Read on a Trolley Car / Oliviero Girondo
Modern Women / Alfonsina Storni
X-Ray of the Pampa / Ezequiel Martinez Estrada
Soccer and Popular Joy / Roberto Arlt
Cambalache/ Enrique Santos Discepolo

VI. Populism and New Nationalism
Peron and the People / Daniel James
Saint Evita / Tomas Eloy Martinez
Ramona's Revenge / Lino Palacio
Funes, the Memorious / Jorge Luis Borges
Victorian Fathers / Victoria Ocampo
The Foreign Gaze / Witold Gombrowicz
Village on the River / Juan L. Ortiz
House Taken Over / Julio Cortazar
Operation Massacre / Rodolfo Walsh

VII. Revolutionary Dreams
The Latin American Revolution according to "Che" / Ernesto "Che" Guevara
Are We All Neurotic? / Anonymous
Tucuman Is Burning / Maria Teresa Gramuglio and Nicolas Rosa
The Cordobazo / Agustin Tosco
The Words of Silence / Alejandra Pizarnik
The Muleteer / Atahualpa Yupanqui
Montoneros: Soldiers of Peron / Richard Gillespie
Antirevolutionary Peronism / Juan Domingo Peron

VIII. State Violence
Modernization and Military Coups / Guillermo O'Donnell
Artificial Respiration / Ricardo Piglia
The Madwoman at the Plaza de Mayo / Hebe de Bonafina and Matilde Sanchez
Never Again / National Commission on the Disappearance of Persons
Still Harboring / Juan Gelman
In a State of Memory / Tunana Mercado
Corpses / Nestor Perlongher
War in the South Atlantic / Graciela Speranza and Fernando Cittadini

IX. Democracy and Neoliberalism
Teaching the Republic / Raul Alfonsin
Living with Inflation / Osvaldo Soriano
Menem: A New Style in Politics / Vicente Palermo and Marcos Novaro
The Journalist as the People's Detective / Horacio Gonzalez
Roadblocks, Detours, and Crossroads / Rodolfo Rabanal

X. Argentina in the Age of Globalization: New Citizenships and the
Politics of Memory
We Are All Cursed / Javier Auyero
Soccer and Masculinity / Eduardo Archetti
Amerindian Rights / State Law of Indigenous Rights
Feminist Awakenings / Marcela Nari
The Children of Death / Maria Moreno and Marta Dillon
Active Memory / Laura Ginsberg
Infinity / Cesar Aira
Postmodern Forgetfulness / Beatriz Sarlo

Suggestions for Further Reading

Acknowledgment of Copyrights

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780822329145
Editor:
Nouzeilles, Gabriela
Editor:
Montaldo, Graciela R.
Editor:
Nouzeilles, Gabriela
Editor:
Montaldo, Graciela R.
Author:
Montaldo, Graciela
Author:
Starn, Orin
Author:
Nouzeilles, Gabriela
Author:
Kirk, Robin
Publisher:
Duke University Press
Location:
Durham, NC
Subject:
Civilization
Subject:
South American
Subject:
Argentina
Subject:
Latin America - South America
Subject:
Argentina Civilization.
Subject:
South America
Subject:
World History-South America
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
The Latin America Readers
Series Volume:
no. 10
Publication Date:
20021231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
43 b&w photos, 2 maps
Pages:
600
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.13 in

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"Review" by , "Impossible to find a better introduction to the labyrinth, enigma and delight that is Argentina, from the first sightings to the latest curses. Splendid and indispensable!"
"Review" by , "From Eurocentric cosmopolitan Buenos Aires to gauchos on the last frontier, these readings have a powerful collective impact. The volume complements the recent Culture and Customs of Argentina to provide a comprehensive view of this complex nation of some 37 million people. Recommended for academic and larger public libraries." Boyd Childress, Library Journal
"Synopsis" by , This work provides a look at one of the most paradoxical of Latin American nations: a nation that used to be among the richest in the world, with the largest middle class in Latin America, yet one that entered the 21st century with its economy in a shambles and its people seething with frustration.
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An interdisciplinary anthology that includes many primary materials never before published in English.
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