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Journal of Latin American Cultural Studies

Revista Journal of Latin American Studies

Año: 2011 vol. 20 n. 2

Steinberg, Manuel. To Begin Writing: Bellatin, Reunited . p. 105-120 México
Mario Bellatin / Ciudad de México / Escritura
Siglo XXI


This article reads the works of Mario Bellatin, a writer and artist working in Mexico City, as paradigmatic of new artistic and social forms. It examines a number of spheres of production (performance, pedagogy, novels, the plastic arts) but maintains the centrality of the operation of writing. Bellatin's writing, the article suggests–in a way that is notably distinct from many of contemporaries' resentful attachment to the Spanish American narrative boom–toys with but cannot ultimately be made legible through the modes of national-political allegory that so often determine readings of Latin American texts. History's virtual ‘failure’ to appear legibly in Bellatin's work suggests a new way of understanding allegory—of indeed reading Latin American writing—under what the paper calls interregna1 times. That is, the paper argues that today there is no order or sovereign condition—no social formation, no future project or shared history—that would guarantee the legibility of history's inscription in these texts and this illegibility is precisely the trace of the historicity of the present.

Di Stefano, Eugenio. From Revolution to Human Rights in Mario Benedetti's Pedro y el Capitán . p. 121-137 América Latina
Literatura latinoamericana / Derechos humanos / Pedro y el Capitán / Mario Benedetti
Siglo XX | Siglo XXI


This essay addresses the central role human rights literature has played in Latin American literary and political culture. My particular focus is on Mario Benedetti's 1979 play Pedro y el Capitán. Latin American literary criticism has usually considered Benedetti's play a foundational text of the human rights discourse, but this essay argues that this ‘humanitarian’ reading comes at the expense of the ideological project that is at the play's center. To this end, this essay will first consider the work of several leading critics who make the question of torture paramount to Benedetti's play while pushing aside the text's commitment to the primacy of the conflict between competing ideologies: namely, the conflict between socialism and liberalism. Second, it will take up the ways in which the emergence of human rights discourse in Uruguay and the various forms of literary criticism associated with this discourse have themselves been part of the conceptual framework through which the Left has become increasingly disarticulated from the commitment to economic equality.

Catalá Carrasco, Jorge L. From suspicion to recognition? 50 years of comics in Cuba  . p. 139-160 Cuba
Humoristas cubanos / Revolución cubana de 1959 / Artes visuales / Creación de conciencia revolucionaria
Siglo XX | Siglo XXI


The article discusses the rich cultural history of Cuban comics from the coming into power of the Revolution in 1959. The piece further explores two parallel discourses: one, that of the high-brow intellectuals worried about mass culture, ideology and national independence, and the other embodied by professionals in the visual arts who set out to create a Cuban national comics industry, using this medium effectively to build a revolutionary consciousness and to mobilize the masses.

Crow, Joanna. The Mapuche Museum of Cañete (1968–2010): Decolonising the Gaze . p. 161-178 Chile
Museo Araucano de Cañete / Sur de Chile / Juana Paillalef / Relaciones indígenas- Estado / Multiculturalismo neoliberal en Chile
Siglo XX | Siglo XXI


This article examines the history of the state-run Mapuche Museum of Cañete in southern Chile. It analyses its multiple and shifting representations of Mapuche culture and history in the context of broader changes in indigenous-state relations, and shows how the museum has both contributed to and been impacted by these changes. Focusing mainly on the conceptual and physical transformations undertaken since a Mapuche woman, Juana Paillalef, was appointed director in 2001, it argues that this colonial institution no longer merely displays the culture of its local Mapuche community, but is also controlled by that community. Reshaped and reinterpreted thus, the museum provides a compelling insight into both the achievements and the limitations of neoliberal multiculturalism in Chile.

Drinor, Paulo. The Meaning of Alan García: Sovereignty and Governmentality in Neoliberal Peru  . p. 179-195 Perú
Alán García / Poder soberano / Revolución neoliberal / Perú
Siglo XXI


This paper draws on Foucault's distinction between sovereign power and governmentality, and on subsequent theoretical developments of that distinction by, among others, Agamben, Butler, Wendy Brown and Aiwha Ong, to explore a key aspect of the neoliberal ‘revolution’ of current Peruvian president Alan García. I argue that García's instrumental conflation of political and biopolitical enemies in his denunciations of those who oppose his revolution reveals both how his project of rule is inherently racialized (and racist), premised as it is on the overcoming of indigeneity, and why, for this very reason, despite its apparently novel neoliberal veneer, it is best understood as the latest iteration of the myriad elite projects of rule enacted against the population that have characterized Peruvian history.

Journal of Latin American Cultural Studies
Papel | Versión digital con suscripción | Trimestral (desde 2011) | Reino Unido Journal of Latin American Cultural Studies. Travesia
ISSN versión papel: 1356-9325
ISSN versión digital: 1469-9575
Año de creación: 1992

Editor: Routledge (Taylor and Francis Group)

Publica artículos sobre la historia y la análisis de la cultura latinoamericana así como sobre el desarrollo de teorías y de métodos a fines de estudiar las costumbres latinoamericanas. Los artículos multi diciplinarios que contribuyen a dar sentido a una área de investigación y de debate están particularmente bienvenidos así como las disciplinas de cierto interés tales como la antropología, la comunicación, la historia y la literatura.

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