The Utopian Impulse in Latin America

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2011-10-15
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

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This edited volume explores the concept of utopia in Latin America from the earliest texts about the New World through current cultural production.

Author Biography

Kim Beauchesne is an assistant professor of Hispanic Studies at the University of British Columbia. Her next book examines the representation of the Latin American periphery in colonial and postcolonial narratives. She is currently working on a project addressing Transpacific Studies that is funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. Alessandra Santos is an assistant professor of Portuguese and Brazilian Studies at the University of Utah. Her book on reinterpretations of cultural cannibalism and Brazilian poet Arnaldo Atunes is forthcoming (2011).

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Theory and Practice of the Utopian Impulse in Latin America--Kim Beauchesne and Alessandra Santos * Foundational Utopias * Utopia in Latin America: Cartographies and Paradigms--Beatriz Pastor * Barataria from the Perspective of Hispanic American “Colonial” Studies: Contributions for a Reading of (Counter)Utopia in the Quijote and the New World--José Antonio Mazzotti * Utopia and Modernity * Remnants of a Dream World: Latin American Pavilions at the Paris 1889 Universal Exhibition--Alejandra Uslenghi * Ecocannibalism: The Greening of Antropofagia--Odile Cisneros * Eulalia in Utopia: Urban Space, Modernity, and Gendered Typologies in Rubén Darío and Hilda Hilst--Justin Read * Feminist Utopias * Southern Displacements in Flora Tristán’s Pérégrinations d’une paria--Gisela Heffes * Revolution Interrupted: The ‘Women of April’ and the Utopia of National Liberation--Wanda Rivera-Rivera * Utopia and Counterculture * Jorge Mautner and Countercultural Utopia in Brazil--Christoper Dunn * Spatial Effects: Navigating the City in Cildo Meireles’s Arte Física: Caixas de Brasília/Clareira--Elena Shtromberg * Revolutionary Utopias and the Politics of Memory * Dangerous Illusions and Shining Utopias: From Banditry to Party in Jorge Amado’s Seara Vermelha--Juan Pablo Dabove * Utopia and the Politics of Memory--Diana Sorensen * The Innocent Eye: Children’s Perspectives on the Utopias of the Seventies (O Ano em que Meus Pais Saíram de Férias, Machuca, and Kamchatka)--Rita De Grandis * Utopia and Ethnicity in the Twenty-First Century * Urgent (Anti)Spectacles of Critical Hope--Carla Melo * Recent Peruvian Quechua Poetry: Beyond Andean and Neoliberal Utopias--Ulises Juan Zevallos-Aguilar

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