The Latin American Urban Crónica: Between Literature and Mass Culture by Esperança BielsaThe Latin American Urban Crónica: Between Literature and Mass Culture by Esperança Bielsa

The Latin American Urban Crónica: Between Literature and Mass Culture

byEsperança Bielsa

Paperback | May 10, 2006

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The Latin American Urban Crónica explores the fluid relationship between high and low culture in Latin America. Paying attention to the peculiar development of the cultural fields in Latin America and to the consequences of present processes of globalization, Esperança Bielsa examines the contemporary cr-nica in Mexico City and Guayaquil and its role in representing unofficial culture in its widest sense. This unique work is the product of the study of numerous texts and interviews with the main writers of crónica and also incorporates extensive research on reception. Essentially interdisciplinary in its approach, The Latin American Urban Crónica is one of the very few publications about this fascinating and understudied mixed genre of the area between journalism and literature, and the first to systematically situate the Latin American cr-nica within social and cultural theory.
Esperança Bielsa is research fellow at the Centre for Translation and Comparative Cultural Studies at the University of Warwick.
Title:The Latin American Urban Crónica: Between Literature and Mass CultureFormat:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 8.96 × 6.44 × 0.79 inPublished:May 10, 2006Publisher:Lexington BooksLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0739113763

ISBN - 13:9780739113769


Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Introduction Chapter 2 High and Low: The Cultural Field in Europe and Latin America Chapter 3 The Cronica: A Hybrid Genre from the Contact Zone Chapter 4 The City in Fragments Chapter 5 Writing the City Chapter 6 Emiliano Perez Cruz: The Cronica as a Testimony of Collective Life in a Peripheral Community of Mexico City Chapter 7 The City Behind its Mask: The Vision of Guayaquil in Jorge Martillo's Cronicas Chapter 8 Reading Cronicas Chapter 9 Conclusion

Editorial Reviews

Esperança Bielsa's study captures the richness of the literature of flanerie in contemporary Latin America through her original and imaginative exploration of the cronicas in the metropolitan contexts of Mexico City and Guayaguil. Drawing theoretical impulses from Benjamin, Bourdieu and others, her study illuminates for us a literature devoted to neglected aspects of reading, writing, and mapping the city in 'journalistic' forms that defy the distinction between 'high' and 'low' culture. Should be essential reading for all who are interested in the literature of urban modernity.