The Latin American Urban Cronica

The Latin American Urban Cronica : Between Literature and Mass Culture

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The Latin American Urban Cronica explores the fluid relationship between high and low culture in Latin America. Paying attention to the peculiar development of the cultural fields in Latin America and to the consequences of present processes of globalization, Esperanca Bielsa examines the contemporary cronica in Mexico City and Guayaquil and its role in representing unofficial culture in its widest more

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  • Hardback | 256 pages
  • 149.9 x 228.6 x 25.4mm | 498.96g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 0739113755
  • 9780739113752

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Bielsa's exploration of the cronica-a unique genre in Latin American culture - both literature and commentary on everyday life-is outstanding. Her lucid description of cronica writers, in particular of how Martillo and Perez Cruz lend a voice to the hidden histories of the cities of Guayquil and Mexico city is beautifully interwoven with a thorough and illuminating analysis of the rich heterogeneity of Latin American culture. This book will appeal to all those interested in the unique mixture of cultures and identities in Latin America. -- Vivian Schelling, University of East London The text is an exceptional tool for any reader, providing a wealth of information for the non-specialist, and a sound review and analysis of chronicles and chronicle readership for the literary critic. Bielsa carries out a fine exploration of the urban cronica in seven chapters, which range from the high and low culture debates to individual analyses of cronicas appearing in the press of contemporary Guayaquil and Mexico City, and which conclude with a discussion of how cronica readership is distinguished today. H-Net: Humanities and Social Science Reviews Online Esperanca Bielsa's study captures the richness of the literature of flanerie in contemporary Latin America through her original and imaginative exploration of the cronicas in the metropolitan contexts of Mexico City and Guayaguil. Drawing theoretical impulses from Benjamin, Bourdieu and others, her study illuminates for us a literature devoted to neglected aspects of reading, writing, and mapping the city in 'journalistic' forms that defy the distinction between 'high' and 'low' culture. Should be essential reading for all who are interested in the literature of urban modernity. -- David Frisby, London School of Economicsshow more

About Esperanca Bielsa

Esperanca Bielsa is research fellow at the Centre for Translation and Comparative Cultural Studies at the University of more

Table of contents

Chapter 1 Introduction Chapter 2 High and Low: The Cultural Field in Europe and Latin America Chapter 3 The Cronica: A Hybrid Genre from the Contact Zone Chapter 4 The City in Fragments Chapter 5 Writing the City Chapter 6 Emiliano Perez Cruz: The Cronica as a Testimony of Collective Life in a Peripheral Community of Mexico City Chapter 7 The City Behind its Mask: The Vision of Guayaquil in Jorge Martillo's Cronicas Chapter 8 Reading Cronicas Chapter 9 Conclusionshow more

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