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  • Acknowledgments ix

    General Introduction / Abril Trigo 1

    I. Forerunners Introduction / Alicia Rios

    Traditions and Fractures in Latin American Cultural Studies 15

    Literature and Underdevelopment / Antonio Candido 35

    Excerpts from The Americas and Civilization: “Evolutionary Acceleration and Historical Incorporation, “The Genuine and the Spurious,” and “National Ethnic Typology” / Darcy Ribeiro 58

    Caliban: Notes Toward a Discussion of Culture in Our Americas/Roberto Fernandez Retamar 83

    Indigenismo and Heterogeneous Literatures: Their Double Sociocultural Statute / Antonio Cornejo Polar 100

    Mestizaje, Transculturation, Heterogeneity / Antonio Cornejo Polar 116

    Literature and Culture / Angel Rama 120

    II. Foundations Introduction / Ana Del Sarto

    The 1980s: Foundations of Latin American Cultural Studies 153

    Plotting Women: Popular Narratives for Women in the United States and Latin America / Jean Franco 183

    Would So Many Millions of People Not End Up Speaking English? The North American Culture and Mexico / Carlos Monsivais 203

    Brazilian Culture: Nationalism by Elimination / Roberto Schwarz 233

    Intellectuals: Scission or Mimesis? / Beatriz Sarlo 250

    The Movable Center: Geographical Discourses and Territoriality During the Expansion of the Spanish Empire / Walter Mignolo 262

    Notes on Modernity and Postmodernity in Latin American Culture / Jose Joaquin Brunner 291

    A Nocturnal Map to Explore a New Field / Jesus Martin-Barbero 310

    Cultural Studies from the 1980s-1990s: Anthropological and Sociological Perspectives in Latin America / Nestor Garcia Canclini 329

    III. Practices Introduction / Abril Trigo

    The 1990s: Practices and Polemics within Latin American Cultural Studies 347

    Political Disenfranchisement / Irene Silverblatt 375

    On Citizenship: The Grammatology of the Body-Politic / Beatriz Gonzalez Stephan 384

    Male Hybrids in the World of Soccer / Eduardo Archetti 406

    The Past as the Future: A Reactive Utopia in Buenos Aires / Adrian Corelik and Graciela Silvestri 427

    Tears and Desire: Women and Melodrama in the “Old” Mexican Cinema / Ana M. Lopez 441

    The Unbearable Lightness of History: Bestseller Scripts for Our Times / Francine Masiello 459

    Legitimacy and Lifestyles / Renato Ortiz 474

    The Transnational Making of Representations of Gender, Ethnicity, and Culture: Indigenous Peoples’ Organizations at the Smithsonian Institution’s Festival / Daniel Mato 498

    The Production of Local Public Spheres: Community Radio Stations / Gustavo A. Remedi 513

    Mimicry and the Uncanny in Caribbean Discourse / Romn De La Campa 535

    Of Zapatismo: Reflections on the Folkloric and the Impossible in Subaltern Insurrection / John Rabasa 561

    Tentative Exchanges: Tijuana Prostitutes and Their Clients / Debra A. Castillo, Maria Gudelia Rangel, Gomez and Armando Rosas Solis 584

    The Latino Imaginary: Meanings of Community and Identity / Juan Flores 606

    IV. Positions and Polemics

    Writing in Reverse: On the Project of Latin American Subaltern Studies Group / John Beverly 623

    The Boom of the Subaltern / Mabel Morana 643

    Latin American Intellectuals in a Post-Hegemonic Era / George Yudice 655

    Local/Global Latin Americanisms: “Theoretical Babbling” apropos Roberto Fernandez Retamar / Hugo Achugar 669

    Intersecting Latin America with Latin Americanism: Academic Knowledge, Theoretical Practice, and Cultural Criticism / Nelly Richard 686

    Irruption and Conservation: Some Conditions of Latin Americanist Critique / Alberto Moreiras 706

    The Cultural Studies Movement and Latin America: An Overview / Neil Larsen 728

    Hybridity in a Transnational Frame: Latin Americanist and Postcolonial Perspectives on Cultural Studies / John Kraniauskas 736

    Mestizaje and Hybridity: The Risk of Metaphors--Notes / Antonio Cornejo Polar 760

    Works Cited 765

    Acknowledgments of Copyrights 805

    Index 811
  • Abril Trigo

    Alicia Ríos

    Antonio Candido

    Darcy Ribeiro

    Roberto Fernandez Retamar

    Antonio Cornejo Polar

    Angel Rama

    Ana Del Sarto

    Jean Franco

    Carlos Monsivais

    Beatriz Sarlo

    Roberto Schwarz

    Jose Joaquin Brunner

    Walter D. Mignolo

    Jesus Martin-Barbero

    Néstor García Canclini

    Beatriz Gonzalez Stephan

    Eduardo Archetti

    Irene Silverblatt

    Adrian Gorelik

    Ana M. Lopez

    Renato Ortiz

    Francine Masiello

    Daniel Mato

    Gustavo A. Remedi

    Román de la Campa

    José Rabasa

    Debra Castillo

    Juan Flores

    John Beverley

    Mabel Morana

    Hugo Achugar

    George Yúdice

    Nelly Richard

    Alberto Moreiras

    Neil Larsen

    John Kraniauskas

    Graciela Silvestri

    Maria Gudelia Rangel Gomez

    Armando Rosas Solis

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    The Latin American Cultural Studies Reader brings together thirty-six field-defining essays by the most prominent theorists of Latin American cultural studies. Written over the past several decades, these essays provide an assessment of Latin American cultural studies, an account of the field’s historical formation, and an outline of its significant ideological and methodological trends and theoretical controversies. With many essays appearing in English for the first time, the collection offers a comprehensive view of the specific problems, topics, and methodologies that characterize Latin American cultural studies vis-à-vis British and U.S. cultural studies.

    Divided into sections preceded by brief introductory essays, this volume traces the complex development of Latin American cultural studies from its roots in literary criticism and the economic, social, political, and cultural transformations wrought by neoliberal policies in the 1970s. It tracks the impassioned debates within the field during the early 1990s; explores different theoretical trends, including studies of postcolonialism, the subaltern, and globalization; and reflects on the significance of Latin American cultural studies for cultural studies projects outside Latin America. Considering literature, nationalism, soccer, cinema, postcolonialism, the Zapatistas, community radio, and much more, The Latin American Cultural Studies Reader is an invaluable resource for all those who want to understand the past, present, and future of Latin American cultural studies.

    Contributors. Hugo Achugar, Eduardo Archetti, John Beverley, José Joaquín Brunner, Antonio Candido, Debra A. Castillo, Antonio Cornejo Polar, Román de la Campa, Ana Del Sarto, Roberto Fernández Retamar, Juan Flores, Jean Franco, Néstor García Canclini, María Gudelia Rangel Gómez, Adrián Gorelik, John Kraniauskas, Neil Larsen, Ana López, Jesús Martín-Barbero, Francine Masiello, Daniel Mato, Walter D. Mignolo, Carlos Monsiváis, Mabel Moraña, Alberto Moreiras, Renato Ortiz, José Rabasa, Angel Rama, Gustavo A. Remedi, Darcy Ribeiro, Nelly Richard, Alicia Ríos, Beatriz Sarlo, Roberto Schwarz, Irene Silverblatt, Graciela Silvestri, Armando Rosas Solís, Beatriz González Stephan, Abril Trigo, George Yúdice

    About The Author(s)

    Ana Del Sarto is Assistant Professor of Latin American Cultures and Literatures at Bowling Green State University.

    Alicia Ríos is Associate Professor of Latin American Literature at Universidad Simón Bolívar in Caracas, Venezuela.

    Abril Trigo is Associate Professor of Latin American Cultures at The Ohio State University.

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