Telling Ruins In Latin America by M. Lazzara

Telling Ruins In Latin America

EditorM. Lazzara, V. Unruh

Hardcover | August 11, 2009

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As a merger of past, present and future, and as a material embodiment of change, the ruin offers a fertile locale for competing cultural stories about historical events, political projects, and the constitution of communities. A fascination with pre-Columbian ruins already marked Latin American nineteenth-century nation-building projects as well as early twentieth-century artistic experiments that linked avant-garde originality with imagined new beginnings. This book highlights the ruin’s prolific resurgence in Latin American cultural life at the turn of the millennium and sharply reveals a stirring creative drive by artists and intellectuals toward ethical reflection and change in the midst of ruinous devastation.

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Michael J. Lazzara (Ph.D. Princeton University) is Associate Professor of Latin American Literature and Culture at the University of California, Davis. He is the author of Luz Arce: después del infierno (2008) and Chile in Transition: The Poetics and Politics of Memory (2006).Vicky Unruh (Ph.D. University of Texas at Austin) is Profes...
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Title:Telling Ruins In Latin AmericaFormat:HardcoverDimensions:288 pages, 8.5 × 5.51 × 0.03 inPublished:August 11, 2009Publisher:Palgrave Macmillan USLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0230605222

ISBN - 13:9780230605220

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Telling Ruins, Michael J. Lazzara and Vicky Unruh * PART I:

I. What Are We Doing Here?: Ruins, Performance, Meditation

1. Performing Ruins

Diana Taylor

2. Scribbling on the Wreck

Francine Masiello

3. “Oh tiempo tus pirámides”: Ruins in Borges

Daniel Balderston

II. Whose Ruins?: Ownership and Cross-cultural Mappings

4. Translating Ruins: An American Parable

Sylvia Molloy

5. Machu Picchu Recycled

Regina Harrison

6. The Ruins of the Present: Cuzco Evoked

Sara Castro-Klarén

7. Ruins in the Desert: Field Notes by a Filmmaker

Andrés Di Tella

8. The Twentieth Century as Ruin: Tango and Historical Memory

María Rosa Olivera-Williams

9. Modernist Ruins: The Case Study of Tlatelolco

Rubén Gallo

III. The Ruins of Fragile Ceasefires: Scenes of Loss and Memory

10. Pinochet’s Cadaver as Ruin and Palimpsest

Michael J. Lazzara

11. Spatial Truth and Reconciliation: Peru, 2003-2004

Jill Lane

12. “Words of the Dead”: Ruins, Resistance, and Reconstruction in Ayacucho

Leslie Bayers

13. Tlatelolco: From Ruins to Poetry

Sandra Messinger-Cypess

14. Sites of Memory, Emptying Remembrance

Nelly Richard

15. History, Neurosis, and Subjectivity: Gustavo Ferreyra’s Rewriting of Neoliberal Ruins

Idelber Avelar

IV. Ordinary People: Inhabited Ruins, Precarious Survival

16. All in a Day’s Work: Ruins Dwellers in Havana

Vicky Unruh

17. Witness to the Ruins: An Artist’s Testimony

Rolf Abderhalden Cortés

18. Coming Home to Praia de Flamengo: The Once and Future National Student Headquarters in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Victoria Langland

19. Fernando Vallejo’s Ruinous Heterotopias: The Queer Subject in Latin America’s Urban Spaces

Arturo Arias

20. Charges and Discharges

Diamela Eltit

21. Angels among Ruins

Sandra Lorenzano

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Editorial Reviews

"The twenty-one essays in this book are beautifully written, meticulously edited, and carefully intertwined. Telling Ruins in Latin America brings together a formidable list of scholars, artists, and thinkers from Latin America and the United States to think about ruins and the role of memory to portray modernity’s failed versions of progress, and how Latin American vibrant cultural projects reshape the ruined landscape by facing and voicing its cracks and holes."--A Contracorriente“Ruins theory has escaped the field of archeology (which is a very different case) to become an important emergent field of study internationally. Unruh and Lazzara's new project brings together a stellar list of top thinkers to offer critical Latin American voices to this burgeoning analytic category. Deftly inserting themselves into an international discussion associated with figures like Benjamin and Agamben, the authors of this collection take us on a fascinating journey through ancient and modern ruins, both physical and fictional.”--Debra A. Castillo, Emerson Hinchliff Professor of Hispanic Studies and Professor of Romance Studies and Comparative Literature, Cornell University"We have come to regard ruins as the master trope of a modernity that knows itself to be hollow. The present volume shows that cultural production in Latin America has always resided at the far side of that knowledge, and that its past and current incandescence derives not in small measure from an imaginary in which ruins play a most significant role--perhaps the leading one."--Carlos J. Alonso, Morris A. and Alma Schapiro Professor in the Humanities, Department of Spanish and Portuguese, Columbia University