The Burden of Modernity: The Rhetoric of Cultural Discourse in Spanish America (Hardcover)

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This book offers a provocative interpretation of cultural discourse in Spanish America. Alonso argues that Spanish American cultural production constituted itself through commitment to what he calls the "narrative of futurity," that is, the uncompromising adoption of modernity. This commitment fueled a rhetorical crisis that followed the embracing of discourses regarded as "modern" in historical and economic circumstance that are themselves the negation of modernity. Through fresh readings of texts by Sarmiento, Mansilla, Quiroga, Vargos Llosa, Garcia Marquez, and others, Alonso tracks this textual dynamic in works from the nineteenth century to the present.


Product Details
ISBN: 9780195118636
ISBN-10: 0195118634
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Publication Date: September 24th, 1998
Pages: 240
Language: English