I Speak Of The City: Mexico City At The Turn Of The Twentieth Century

Paperback | April 22, 2015

byMauricio Tenorio-Trillo

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In this dazzling multidisciplinary tour of Mexico City, Mauricio Tenorio-Trillo focuses on the period 1880 to 1940, the decisive decades that shaped the city into what it is today. 
 
Through a kaleidoscope of expository forms, I Speak of the City connects the realms of literature, architecture, music, popular language, art, and public health to investigate the city in a variety of contexts: as a living history textbook, as an expression of the state, as a modernist capital, as a laboratory, and as language. Tenorio’s formal imagination allows the reader to revel in the free-flowing richness of his narratives, opening startling new vistas onto the urban experience.
 
From art to city planning, from epidemiology to poetry, this book challenges the conventional wisdom about both Mexico City and the turn-of-the-century world to which it belonged. And by engaging directly with the rise of modernism and the cultural experiences of such personalities as Hart Crane, Mina Loy, and Diego Rivera, I Speak of the City will find an enthusiastic audience across the disciplines.

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In this dazzling multidisciplinary tour of Mexico City, Mauricio Tenorio-Trillo focuses on the period 1880 to 1940, the decisive decades that shaped the city into what it is today.  Through a kaleidoscope of expository forms, I Speak of the City connects the realms of literature, architecture, music, popular language, art, and pub...

Mauricio Tenorio-Trillo is professor of history at the University of Chicago, and associate professor at the Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas, Mexico City. He is the author of Mexico at the World’s Fairs and other books.  

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:528 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.3 inPublished:April 22, 2015Publisher:University Of Chicago PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:022627358X

ISBN - 13:9780226273587

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Note on Translations
Introduction

PART I. RIGHT AROUND 1910…
1 On 1910 and the City of the Centennial
2 On 1910 Contrasts: Washington and Mexico City
3 Interiors

PART II. 1919
4 In and Around 1919 Mexico City
 
PART III. THE BROWN ATLANTIS
5 The Brown Atlantis
6 Transparency

PART IV. ODALISQUE-MANIA
7 Japan
8 India
 
PART V. SCIENCE AND CITY
9 Science and the City, Stories from the Sidewalk
10 On Lice, Rats, and Mexicans
 
PART VI. LANGUAGE
11 Whispers
12 The Street Muse

Final Word
Archives Cited
Notes
Index

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“[An] assiduously researched and gracefully crafted series of essays on the history of Mexico City in the first decades of the twentieth century. . . . I Speak of the City . . . is a work that is far more than the sum of its elegantly crafted parts. Tenorio-Trillo’s innovative book contributes to Mexican and urban history more generally and provides an outstanding guide for imagining the simultaneity and multiple dimensions of the historical urban experience.”