The Burden of Modernity : The Rhetoric of Cultural Discourse in Spanish America

The Burden of Modernity : The Rhetoric of Cultural Discourse in Spanish America

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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 qnarrative of futurity, q that is, the uncompromising adoption of modernity. This commitment fueled a rhetorical crisis that followed the embracing of discourses regarded as qmodernq 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.The Rhetoric of Cultural Discourse in Spanish America Carlos J. Alonso Professor of Spanish Columbia University ... which he himself had contributed in a number of his earlier essays a€” that is, that version of Spanish American culture that had always postulated a ... rather by collapsing the two categories into one: that is, by subsuming all writers and intellectuals under the capacious rubric of the letrado.


Title:The Burden of Modernity : The Rhetoric of Cultural Discourse in Spanish America
Author: Carlos J. Alonso Professor of Spanish Columbia University
Publisher:Oxford University Press, USA - 1998-08-19
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