Urban Chroniclers in Modern Latin America: The Shared Intimacy of Everyday Life

Hardcover | December 1, 2011

byViviane Mahieux

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An unstructured genre that blends high aesthetic standards with nonfiction commentary, the journalistic crónica, or chronicle, has played a vital role in Latin American urban life since the nineteenth century. Drawing on extensive archival research, Viviane Mahieux delivers new testimony on how chroniclers engaged with modernity in Mexico City, Buenos Aires, and São Paulo during the 1920s and 1930s, a time when avant-garde movements transformed writers' and readers' conceptions of literature. Urban Chroniclers in Modern Latin America: The Shared Intimacy of Everyday Life examines the work of extraordinary raconteurs Salvador Novo, Cube Bonifant, Roberto Arlt, Alfonsina Storni, and Mário de Andrade, restoring the original newspaper contexts in which their articles first emerged.

Each of these writers guided their readers through a constantly changing cityscape and advised them on matters of cultural taste, using their ties to journalism and their participation in urban practice to share accessible wisdom and establish their role as intellectual arbiters. The intimate ties they developed with their audience fostered a permeable concept of literature that would pave the way for overtly politically engaged chroniclers of the 1960s and 1970s. Providing comparative analysis as well as reflection on the evolution of this important genre, Urban Chroniclers in Modern Latin America is the first systematic study of the Latin American writers who forged a new reading public in the early twentieth century.

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An unstructured genre that blends high aesthetic standards with nonfiction commentary, the journalistic crónica, or chronicle, has played a vital role in Latin American urban life since the nineteenth century. Drawing on extensive archival research, Viviane Mahieux delivers new testimony on how chroniclers engaged with modernity i...

Format:HardcoverDimensions:248 pages, 9.26 × 6.3 × 0.9 inPublished:December 1, 2011Publisher:University Of Texas PressLanguage:English

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AbbreviationsAcknowledgmentsIntroductionChapter 1. Cities, Publics, and Urban Chroniclers in Latin America: 1920s–1930sChapter 2. A Common Citizen Writes Buenos Aires: Roberto Arlt's Aguafuertes porteñasChapter 3. Taking Readers for a Ride: Mário de Andrade's TáxiChapter 4. The Chronicler as Streetwalker: Salvador Novo Performs GenreChapter 5. Overstepping Femininity: The Chronicle and Gender NormsAfterwordAppendices: Five Chronicles in Translation, translated by Jacinto R. Fombona1. "Corrientes, at Night," by Roberto Arlt2. "The Cult of Statues," by Mário de Andrade3. "On the Advantages of Not Being Fashionable," by Salvador Novo4. "The Perfect Typist," by Alfonsina Storni5. "Long Hair and Short Ideas," by Cube BonifantNotesBibliographyIndex

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Urban Chroniclers in Modern Latin America offers to its readers an insightful approach to the avant-garde period that sheds light on a genre intrinsically urban and dialogic. Furthermore, Mahieux presents her arguments in a clear and convincing way, and an informed reader will certainly appreciate this book. If you are interested in Latin American avant-garde culture, urban chronicles or journalistic writing, I invite you to consult this book that deals with an important period in the cultural history of this region. - Anadeli Bencomo, University of Houston