The Utopian Impulse in Latin America

Author: K. Beauchesne
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 9780230339613
Release Date: 2011-10-24
Genre: Social Science

An exploration of the concept of utopia in Latin America from the earliest accounts of the New World to current cultural production, the carefully selected essays in this volume represent the latest research on the topic by some of the most important Latin Americanists working in North American academia today.

Children on the Threshold in Contemporary Latin American Cinema

Author: Rachel Randall
Publisher: Lexington Books
ISBN: 9781498555142
Release Date: 2017-10-10
Genre: History

This book contends that child characters have taken on a critical representational role within Latin American cinema because of their position on the threshold between “nature” and “culture,” which converts them into a focus of, and a limit to, state or colonial biopower.

On Art Artists Latin America and Other Utopias

Author: Luis Camnitzer
Publisher: University of Texas Press
ISBN: 9780292719767
Release Date: 2009-10-15
Genre: Art

A collection of essays that elaborate themes such as art world systems versus an art of commitment; artistic genealogies and how they are consecrated; and, the possibilities for artistic agency.

A Companion to Latin American Literature and Culture

Author: Sara Castro-Klaren
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 9781118661352
Release Date: 2013-03-21
Genre: Literary Criticism

A Companion to Latin American Literature and Culture reflects the changes that have taken place in cultural theory and literary criticism since the latter part of the twentieth century. Written by more than thirty experts in cultural theory, literary history, and literary criticism, this authoritative and up-to-date reference places major authors in the complex cultural and historical contexts that have compelled their distinctive fiction, essays, and poetry. This text provides the historical background to help the reader understand the people and culture that have defined Latin American literature and its reception. Each chapter also includes short selected bibliographic guides and recommendations for further reading.

Native Insurgencies and the Genocidal Impulse in the Americas

Author: Nicholas A. Robins
Publisher: Indiana University Press
ISBN: 9780253111678
Release Date: 2005-10-26
Genre: Social Science

This book investigates three Indian revolts in the Americas: the 1680 uprising of the Pueblo Indians against the Spanish; the Great Rebellion in Bolivia, 1780--82; and the Caste War of Yucatan that began in 1849 and was not finally crushed until 1903. Nicholas A. Robins examines their causes, course, nature, leadership, and goals. He finds common features: they were revitalization movements that were both millenarian and exterminatory in their means and objectives; they sought to restore native rule and traditions to their societies; and they were movements born of despair and oppression that were sustained by the belief that they would witness the dawning of a new age. His work underscores the link that may be found, but is not inherent, between genocide, millennialism, and revitalization movements in Latin America during the colonial and early national periods.

Divergent Modernities

Author: Julio Ramos
Publisher: Duke University Press
ISBN: 082231990X
Release Date: 2001-06-22
Genre: History

DIVA classic work, now available in English for the first time, that examines major intellectual figures including Sarmiento, Bello and Marti and the interrelations of literature, history, and nation-building in the origins of Latin American modernism in the/div

In Stereotype

Author: Mrinalini Chakravorty
Publisher: Columbia University Press
ISBN: 9780231537766
Release Date: 2014-09-02
Genre: Literary Criticism

In Stereotype confronts the importance of cultural stereotypes in shaping the ethics and reach of global literature. Mrinalini Chakravorty focuses on the seductive force and explanatory power of stereotypes in multiple South Asian contexts, whether depicting hunger, crowdedness, filth, slums, death, migrant flight, terror, or outsourcing. She argues that such commonplaces are crucial to defining cultural identity in contemporary literature and shows how the stereotype's ambivalent nature exposes the crises of liberal development in South Asia. In Stereotype considers the influential work of Salman Rushdie, Aravind Adiga, Michael Ondaatje, Monica Ali, Mohsin Hamid, and Chetan Bhagat, among others, to illustrate how stereotypes about South Asia provide insight into the material and psychic investments of contemporary imaginative texts: the colonial novel, the transnational film, and the international best-seller. Probing circumstances that range from the independence of the Indian subcontinent to poverty tourism, civil war, migration, domestic labor, and terrorist radicalism, Chakravorty builds an interpretive lens for reading literary representations of cultural and global difference. In the process, she also reevaluates the fascination with transnational novels and films that manufacture global differences by staging intersubjective encounters between cultures through stereotypes.

Holy Cooperation

Author: Andrew McLeod
Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
ISBN: 9781621899303
Release Date: 2009-01-01
Genre: Religion

Synopsis: The first Christians immediately set about creating a social structure based on democratic control of their collective resources, which were shared freely. While this was a voluntary system, it carried great spiritual weight and was a continuation of values that were clearly encouraged in the stories of the Old Testament. This style of organizing can also be found in the modern cooperative movement, which is made up of thousands of democratically controlled businesses serving millions of members worldwide. This movement touches the lives of nearly half of Americans, and has grown into a comprehensive economic system in other parts of the world. Christians have played key roles in the development of this movement, but the theological basis for this participation is not widely understood. Holy Cooperation! is an examination of what the Bible teaches about social organizing, and an exploration of some of the cooperative ways that Christians have worked together. Through cooperation we may act as our brothers' and sisters' keepers, while staying true to Jesus's teachings of liberation. Endorsements: "Holy Cooperation! is a tract for our times. For a generation that says, 'Don't tell me what you believe until you show me how you live, ' Andrew opens up a treasure chest of experiments old and new in the truth of God's economy. He writes with the zeal of a convert because he's one who has found new hope in Jesus's vision of a kingdom that overcomes Mammon one mustard seed at a time." -Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove author of Free to be Bound and New Monasticism Author Biography: Andrew McLeod is a cooperative development specialist who lives in Sacramento, California.

The Utopia of Film

Author: Christopher Pavsek
Publisher: Columbia University Press
ISBN: 9780231530811
Release Date: 2013-01-29
Genre: Performing Arts

The German filmmaker Alexander Kluge has long promoted cinema's relationship with the goals of human emancipation. Jean-Luc Godard and Filipino director Kidlat Tahimik also believe in cinema's ability to bring about what Theodor W. Adorno once called a "redeemed world." Situating the films of Godard, Tahimik, and Kluge within debates over social revolution, utopian ideals, and the unrealized potential of utopian thought and action, Christopher Pavsek showcases the strengths, weaknesses, and undeniable impact of their utopian visions on film's political evolution. He discusses Godard's Alphaville (1965) against Germany Year 90 Nine-Zero (1991) and JLG/JLG: Self-portrait in December (1994), and he conducts the first scholarly reading of Film Socialisme (2010). He considers Tahimik's virtually unknown masterpiece, I Am Furious Yellow (1981–1991), along with Perfumed Nightmare (1977) and Turumba (1983); and he constructs a dialogue between Kluge's Brutality in Stone (1961) and Yesterday Girl (1965) and his later The Assault of the Present on the Rest of Time (1985) and Fruits of Trust (2009).