Approx. 240 pp., 6 x 9, 5 halftones, notes, index
Paperback ISBN: 978-1-4696-5189-7
Published: March 2019
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Distributed for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Department of Romance Studies
By tracing the intellectual turn to Asia in José Juan Tablada’s travel narratives and art essays, Manuel Alvarez Bravo’s photography landscapes, José Vasconcelos’s writing about mestizaje and in his literacy campaigns, Roger Bartra’s Marxist political economy writings, Rafael Bernal’s hard-boiled novel, Marcela Rodríguez and Mario Bellatin’s musical composition in Ciudad Juárez, and Shinpei Takeda’s art installations in Tijuana, the book recasts the colonial emphasis on a transatlantic relationship with Europe and displays a transpacific and planetary imagination--eschewing the Atlantic dialectic between ex-colony and metropole--that defined Mexican conceptualizations of literary and cultural modernity. Thus, Orientaciones trasnpacíficas shows that Mexican orientalism played an instrumental (though often unremarked) role in the cultural definitions that became fundamental to the field of Mexican and Latin American Studies, such as the notion of hybrid modernity (in racial, aesthetic, economic, or temporal terms).
About the Author
Laura J. Torres-Rodriguez is an Assistant Professor of Latin American Literature in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at New York University.
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