The Burden of Modernity

The Burden of Modernity : The Rhetoric of Cultural Discourse in Spanish America

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This book offers a provocative interpretation of cultural discourse in Spanish America. Alonso argues that Spanish American cultural production constituted itself through commitment to what he calls the "narrative of futurity," that is, the uncompromising adoption of modernity. This commitment fueled a rhetorical crisis that followed the embracing of discourses regarded as "modern" in historical and economic circumstance that are themselves the negation of modernity. Through fresh readings of texts by Sarmiento, Mansilla, Quiroga, Vargos Llosa, Garcia Marquez, and others, Alonso tracks this textual dynamic in works from the nineteenth century to the present.
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  • Hardback | 240 pages
  • 152.4 x 228.6 x 22.4mm | 587.22g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0195118634
  • 9780195118636
  • 1,766,476

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Susan Martin-Marquez's book is a wide-ranging revisionary project, ... The detailing is as meticulous and exciting as it is necessary and salutary. ... Key texts of feminist film theory are deftly summarized and their ideas, misconceptions, and mismatches with Spanish contexts illuminatingly placed in the argument, often side by side with the riches of textual archive work. * Chris Perriam, MLR, 96.I,2001 *
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