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Author Ramos, Julio.

Title Divergent modernities : culture and politics in 19th century Latin America / Julio Ramos ; translated by John D. Blanco ; introduction by José David Saldivar.

Published Durham, N.C. : Duke University Press, 2000.


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Uniform title Desencuentros de la modernidad en América Latina. English
Physical description xlvi, 328 pages ; 24 cm.
Series Post-contemporary interventions.
Latin America in translation/en traducción/em tradução.
Post-contemporary interventions.
Latin America in translation/en traducción/em tradução.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents 1 Other's Knowledge: Writing and Orality in Sarmiento's Facundo 3 -- 2 Knowledge-(as)-Said: Language and Politics in Andres Bello 23 -- 3 Fragmentation of the Republic of Letters 41 -- 4 Limits of Autonomy: Journalism and Literature 78 -- 5 Decorating the City: The Chronicle and Urban Experience 112 -- Introduction: Marti and His Journey to the United States 151 -- 6 Machinations: Literature and Technology 160 -- 7 "This Cardboard Tabloid Life": Literature and the Masses 187 -- 8 Culturalism and Latinoamericanismo 219 -- 9 "Nuestra America": The Art of Good Governance 251 -- 10 Repose of Heroes: On Poetry and War in Jose Marti 268 -- 11 Migratories 280 -- Appendix 1 Our America 295 -- Appendix 2 Prologue to Poema del Niagara 304 -- Appendix 3 Coney Island 318.
Summary Since its first publication in Spanish nearly a decade ago, Julio Ramos's Desenucuentros de hi modernidad en America Latina por el siglo XIX has been recognized as one of the most important studies of modernity in the western hemisphere. Available for the first time in English -- and now published with new material -- Ramos's study not only offers an analysis of the complex relationships between history, literature, and nation-building in the modern Latin American context but also takes crucial steps toward the development of a truly comparative inter-American cultural criticism.
With his focus on the nineteenth century, Ramos begins his genealogy of an emerging Latin Americanism with an examination of Argentinean Domingo Sarmiento and Chilean Andres Bello, representing the "enlightened letrados" of tradition. In contrast to these "lettered men, " he turns to Cuban journalist, revolutionary, and poet Jose Marti, who, Ramos suggests, inaugurated a new kind of intellectual subject for the Americas. Though tracing Latin American modernity in general, it is the analysis of Marti -- particularly his work in the United States -- that becomes the focal point of Ramos's study. Marti's confrontation with the unequal modernization of the New World, the dependent status of Latin America, and the contrast between Latin America's culture of elites and the northern mass culture of commodification are, for Ramos, key elements in understanding the complex Latin American experience of modernity.
Including two new chapters written for this edition, as well as translations of three of Marti's most important works, Divergent Modernities will be indispensable for anyone seeking to understand developmentand modernity across the Americas.
Subject Spanish American literature -- 19th century -- History and criticism.
Politics and literature -- Latin America -- History -- 19th century.
ISBN 0822319810 (cloth : alk. paper)
082231990X (paperback: alk. paper)