Latinamericanism after 9/11

Latinamericanism after 9/11

Post-Contemporary Interventions

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Book Pages: 176 Illustrations: Published: September 2011

Author: John Beverley

Cultural Studies, Latin American Studies, Postcolonial and Colonial Studies

In Latinamericanism after 9/11, John Beverley explores Latinamericanist cultural theory in relation to new modes of political mobilization in Latin America. He contends that after 9/11, the hegemony of the United States and the neoliberal assumptions of the so-called Washington Consensus began to fade in Latin America. At the same time, the emergence in Latin America of new leftist governments—the marea rosada or “pink tide”—gathered momentum. Whatever its outcome, the marea rosada has shifted the grounds of Latinamericanist thinking in a significant way. Beverley proposes new paradigms better suited to Latin America’s reconfigured political landscape. In the process, he takes up matters such as Latin American postcolonial and cultural studies, the relation of deconstruction and Latinamericanism, the persistence of the national question and cultural nationalism in Latin America, the neoconservative turn in recent Latin American literary and cultural criticism, and the relation between subalternity and the state. Beverley’s perspective flows out of his involvement with the project of Latin American subaltern studies, but it also defines a position that is in some ways postsubalternist. He takes particular issue with recent calls for a “posthegemonic” politics.


“Through his decades of work and numerous publications in the field, Beverley remains as a shining example of a politically engaged scholar as seriously engaged with current politics as lived and practiced in Latin America.”
— Marc Becker, The Latin Americanist

“A wide-ranging treatise on Latinamericanism’s merits, faults, and promise, this book will assuredly offer food for thought for intellectuals on both sides of the North/South divide for many years to come.” — Michael J. Lazzara, Postcolonial Text

“Conversant across the disciplines (sociology, history, economics, politics, literary criticism) with worldwide theorists and familiar with a ‘studies’ approach, Beverley produces a book of ambitious scope with a striking conclusion that the reader, though disinclined to accept, is hard-pressed to ignore. Highly recommended.” — J. M. Beatson, Choice

“John Beverley is without doubt one of the most influential scholars in the field of Latin American literary and cultural studies of the last quarter-century. His previous work has challenged and transformed the field of Spanish in the United States, and played a significant role in promoting new theoretical and critical perspectives and methodologies associated with subaltern studies and cultural studies throughout the Americas. His latest book continues provoking controversy, addressing major issues for the contemporary field of Latin American cultural studies…this book is a ‘must-read’ for its astute evaluation of paradigmatic shifts experienced in the field at the turn of the new millennium.” — Robert McKee Irwin, Bulletin of Latin American Research

Latinamericanism after 9/11 is vital for those of us participating in ethnic and/or American studies as well as social justice work, whether it is ideological or on the ground.” — Karen Mary Davalos, American Quarterly

“The spectrum of political possibilities and options is perhaps greater and more varied in Latin America today than anywhere else in the world. In the North, we can learn from it and learn from John Beverley’s book, which offers a comparative analysis rather than abstract political theory or journalistic sociology. Beverley is one of those rare thinkers who combines a keen theoretical mind with the realism of a shrewd and seasoned political intelligence. He always thinks politically, and it is a thought we find on every page here.” — Fredric Jameson, Duke University

Latinamericanism after 9/11 presents new arguments that no one in the field of Latin American studies can afford to ignore. John Beverley addresses and complicates many of the debates conducted over the last decade on the question of Latinamericanism and Latin American studies. He engages with scholars writing from Latin America and those writing about it from elsewhere, and he is quite convincing in debunking the epistemological force often associated with this distinction.” — José Rabasa, Harvard University

“One does not need to agree with the conclusions reached by John Beverley in this daring book about the eroding grounds of Latin Americanist culturalist discourses in order to be moved, at each new turn, by the intellectual force and relevance of his arguments.” — Julio Ramos, University of California, Berkeley


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John Beverley is Distinguished Professor of Hispanic Languages and Literatures at the University of Pittsburgh. He is the author of Subalternity and Representation: Arguments in Cultural Theory and co-editor of The Postmodernism Debate in Latin America, both also published by Duke University Press.

Table of Contents Back to Top
Introduction 1

1. Latinamericanism after 9/11 17

2. The Persistence of the Nation (against Empire) 26

3. Deconstruction and Latinamericanism (apropos Alberto Moreiras's The Exhaustion of Difference) 43

4. Between Ariel and Caliban: On the Politics of Location of Latinamericanism and the Question of Solidarity 60

5. The Neoconservative Turn 72

6. Beyond the Paradigm of Disillusion: Rethinking the Armed Struggle in Latin America 95

7. The Subaltern and the State 110

Notes 127

Bibliography 145

Index 155

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Paper ISBN: 978-0-8223-5114-6 / Cloth ISBN: 978-0-8223-5100-9
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