The Burden of Modernity: Rhetoric of Cultural Discourse in Spanish America Carlos J. Alonso

ISBN: 9781280471162

Published: January 9th 2009

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227 pages


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The Burden of Modernity: Rhetoric of Cultural Discourse in Spanish America  by  Carlos J. Alonso

The Burden of Modernity: Rhetoric of Cultural Discourse in Spanish America by Carlos J. Alonso
January 9th 2009 | ebook | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, talking book, mp3, ZIP | 227 pages | ISBN: 9781280471162 | 10.64 Mb

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, theMoreThis 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.Alonsos acute inquiry into nineteenth- and twentieth-century texts leads to an illuminating reflection on Latin Americas problematic relation to modernity.

With its strong arguments and subtle readings, this insightful book challenges the reader to rethink Latin American literature and culture in provocative ways.--Sylvia Molloy, New York University



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