Reframing Latin America: A Cultural Theory Reading of the by Erik Ching, Christina Buckley, Angélica Lozano-Alonso

By Erik Ching, Christina Buckley, Angélica Lozano-Alonso

Offering an intensive advent to cultural stories in most cases, despite chronological or geographic concentration, and providing provocative, crucial readings from Latin American writers of the final centuries, "Reframing Latin the USA" brings much-needed accessibility to the techniques of cultural experiences and postmodernism. From Saussure to semiotics, the authors commence by way of demystifying terminology, then consultant readers via 5 identification constructs, together with state, race, and gender. The readings that stick to are provided with insightful statement and surround such subject matters as "Civilized folks Marry the Barbarians" (including Jose Marti's "Our America") and "Boom is going the Literature: Magical Realism because the precise Latin America?" (featuring Elena Garro's essay "It's the Fault of the Tlaxcaltecas"). motion pictures corresponding to "Like Water for Chocolate" are mentioned in-depth in addition. the result's a full of life, interdisciplinary advisor for theorists and newbies alike.

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Instead of quarreling about whose version is more correct, cultural theorists ask how particular versions come to be. 21 Barthes asked a simple question: What happens to authors if discourses govern how they view the world? Who actually writes when an author puts pen to paper? Is it the author or the discourse? Barthes said it was discourse. In his world, the author, metaphorically, had died. Born in her or his stead was the reader— all of us who, by virtue of our participation in the collective exercise of discursive construction, are involved in the authorial process, no matter how tangential to it our role might be.

Indb 28 6/4/07 8:01:43 AM p os t w hat? ( not) an a b b r e v i at e d i n t ro d u c t i o n 2 9 gender and a female gender, a class of owners and a class of workers, and varying nationalities—French, German, American, and so forth—and that each of these physical groupings corresponded to inherent characteristics. There was something essentially black about people with the physical manifestations of darker skin and kinkier hair. Not surprisingly, throughout most of modern Western history, the dominant paradigm portrayed black essence negatively; admittedly, however, there have also been positive contrasts that were no less essentialistic.

They believe it to contain truths that can be discovered and then used to orient society for the better. In contrast to modernists, cultural theorists contend that lived reality is a social construct in which meaning does not exist as objective truth but resides in our individual and collective interpretations. Cultural theorists seek to understand how presumed truths and long-held assumptions come into existence and how they operate within ever-changing social values and norms. In a manner of speaking, they contend that the truth of everything is relative to the interpretive lens used to view it.

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