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The Object of the Atlantic: Concrete Aesthetics in Cuba, Brazil, and Spain, 1868-1968
by Rachel Price
edited by Ed Dimendberg
Northwestern University Press, 2014
Paper: 978-0-8101-3013-5 | eISBN: 978-0-8101-6807-7
Library of Congress Classification PN849.A85P75 2014
Dewey Decimal Classification 809.89163

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ABOUT THIS BOOK
The Object of the Atlantic is a wide-ranging study of the transition from a concern with sovereignty to a concern with things in Iberian Atlantic literature and art produced between 1868 and 1968. Rachel Price uncovers the surprising ways that concrete aesthetics from Cuba, Brazil, and Spain drew not only on global forms of constructivism but also on a history of empire, slavery, and media technologies from the Atlantic world. Analyzing Jose Marti’s notebooks, Joaquim de Sousandrade’s poetry, Ramiro de Maeztu’s essays on things and on slavery, 1920s Cuban literature on economic restructuring, Ferreira Gullar’s theory of the “non-object,” and neoconcrete art, Price shows that the turn to objects—and from these to new media networks—was rooted in the very philosophies of history that helped form the Atlantic world itself.


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