The Utopian Impulse in Latin America: The Eastern Touch on Brussels

Hardcover | October 15, 2011

EditorKim Beauchesne, Alessandra Santos

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An exploration of the concept of utopia in Latin America from the earliest accounts of the New World to current cultural production, the carefully selected essays in this volume represent the latest research on the topic by some of the most important Latin Americanists working in North American academia today. With an interdisciplinary approach, chapters discuss the notion of a utopian impulse in literature, music, performance, cinema, visual arts, critical theory, cultural studies, and political science. Among the many questions the book grapples with are how the utopian impulse is reconfigured over time, especially in new cultural fields and situations, and how Latin American utopias should be contextualized in the so-called global era.

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An exploration of the concept of utopia in Latin America from the earliest accounts of the New World to current cultural production, the carefully selected essays in this volume represent the latest research on the topic by some of the most important Latin Americanists working in North American academia today. With an interdisciplinary...

Kim Beauchesne is an Assistant Professor at the University of British Columbia. She has published in various edited volumes and top-tier journals, such as Revista de Crítica Literaria Latinoamericana and Revista Iberoamericana. She is currently completing a book manuscript on the representation of the Latin American periphery in colon...
Format:HardcoverDimensions:320 pages, 9.62 × 6.14 × 0.88 inPublished:October 15, 2011Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 13:9780230103528

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Introduction: The Theory and Practice of the Utopian Impulse in Latin America--Kim Beauchesne and Alessandra Santos * Foundational Utopias * Utopia in Latin America: Cartographies and Paradigms--Beatriz Pastor * Barataria from the Perspective of Hispanic American “Colonial” Studies: Contributions for a Reading of (Counter)Utopia in the Quijote and the New World--José Antonio Mazzotti * Utopia and Modernity * Remnants of a Dream World: Latin American Pavilions at the Paris 1889 Universal Exhibition--Alejandra Uslenghi * Ecocannibalism: The Greening of Antropofagia--Odile Cisneros * Eulalia in Utopia: Urban Space, Modernity, and Gendered Typologies in Rubén Darío and Hilda Hilst--Justin Read * Feminist Utopias * Southern Displacements in Flora Tristán’s Pérégrinations d’une paria--Gisela Heffes * Revolution Interrupted: The ‘Women of April’ and the Utopia of National Liberation--Wanda Rivera-Rivera * Utopia and Counterculture * Jorge Mautner and Countercultural Utopia in Brazil--Christoper Dunn * Spatial Effects: Navigating the City in Cildo Meireles’s Arte Física: Caixas de Brasília/Clareira--Elena Shtromberg * Revolutionary Utopias and the Politics of Memory * Dangerous Illusions and Shining Utopias: From Banditry to Party in Jorge Amado’s Seara Vermelha--Juan Pablo Dabove * Utopia and the Politics of Memory--Diana Sorensen * The Innocent Eye: Children’s Perspectives on the Utopias of the Seventies (O Ano em que Meus Pais Saíram de Férias, Machuca, and Kamchatka)--Rita De Grandis * Utopia and Ethnicity in the Twenty-First Century * Urgent (Anti)Spectacles of Critical Hope--Carla Melo * Recent Peruvian Quechua Poetry: Beyond Andean and Neoliberal Utopias--Ulises Juan Zevallos-Aguilar