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The Avant-Garde and Geopolitics in Latin America
by Fernando J. Rosenberg
University of Pittsburgh Press, 2006
eISBN: 978-0-8229-7297-6 | Paper: 978-0-8229-5916-8 | Cloth: 978-0-8229-4279-5
Library of Congress Classification PQ7081.R664 2006
Dewey Decimal Classification 860.9358098

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ABOUT THIS BOOK

The Avant-Garde and Geopolitics in Latin America examines the canonical Latin American avant-garde texts of the 1920s and 1930s in novels, travel writing, journalism, and poetry, and presents them in a new light as formulators of modern Western culture and precursors of global culture. Particular focus is placed on the work of Roberto Arlt and Mário de Andrade as exemplars of the movement.


Fernando J. Rosenberg provides a theoretical historiography of Latin American literature and the role that modernity and avant-gardism played in it. He finds significant parallels between the cultural battles of the interwar years in Latin America and current debates over the role of the peripheral nation-state within the culture of globalization. Rosenberg establishes that the Latin American avant-garde evolved on its own terms, in polemic dialogue with the European movements, critiquing modernity itself and developing a global geopolitical awareness. In the process these writers created a bridge between postcolonial and postmodern culture, forming a distinct movement that continues its influence today.


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