Telling Ruins In Latin America by M. LazzaraTelling Ruins In Latin America by M. Lazzara

Telling Ruins In Latin America

byM. LazzaraEditorV. Unruh

Hardcover | August 11, 2009

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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.
MICHAEL J. LAZZARA is Assistant Professor of Latin American literature and culture at the University of California, Davis, USA. VICKY UNRUH is Professor of Latin American literature and culture at the University of Kansas, USA.
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Title:Telling Ruins In Latin AmericaFormat:HardcoverDimensions:277 pages, 8.5 × 5.51 × 0.78 inPublished:August 11, 2009Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230605222

ISBN - 13:9780230605220

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Table of Contents

Introduction; M.J.Lazzara & V.Unruh Ruins in Translation; S.Molloy The Ruins of the Present; C.Evoked & S.Castro-Klarén Scribbling on the Wreck; F.Masiello 'Oh Tiempo Tus Pirámides': Ruins in Borges; D.Balderston Modernity in Ruins: Modernist Architecture and the Mexico City Earthquake of 1985; R.Gallo Tlatelolco in Mexican Cultural Production: From Ruins to Reconstruction; S.M.Cypess Second Thoughts on Mourning: Postdictatorship as Ruin and History; I.Avelar Images From Ruins: Art and Memory after the Holocaust and Argentina's 'Dirty War'; S.Lorenzano Archaeology of Terror; D.Taylor Pinochet's Cadaver as Ruin and Palimpsest; M.J.Lazzara Maps without Referents: The Erasure of Known Territories; G.Kirkpatrick A Tale of Two Ruins: the UNE Buildings of Rio de Janeiro; V.Langland Machu Picchu Recycled; R.Harrison After Manchay Tiempo: Space, Memory, Reconciliation; J.Lane Voices of the Dead: Ruins, Resistance, and Reconstruction in Ayacucho; L.Bayers Fernando Vallejo's Ruinous Heterotopias; A.Arias Tales and Tallies of Remains: Ruins in Post-Soviet Cuba; V.Unruh Reflections; D.Eltit , A.J.Ponteand & J.Villoro

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"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