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Mexico's ruins : Juan García Ponce and the writing of modernity

Author: Raúl Rodríguez-Hernández
Publisher: Albany : State University of New York Press, ©2007.
Series: SUNY series in Latin American and Iberian thought and culture.
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"At face value, the concept of modernity seems to reference a stream of social and historical traffic headed down a utopian one-way street named "progress." Mexico's Ruins examines modernity in twentieth-century Mexican culture as a much more ambiguous concept, arguing that such a single-minded notion is inadequate to comprehend the complexity of modern Mexico's national projects and their reception by the nation's  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Named Person: Juan García Ponce; Juan García Ponce; Juan García Ponce; Juan García Ponce
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Raúl Rodríguez-Hernández
ISBN: 0791469433 9780791469439 0791469441 9780791469446
OCLC Number: 63178950
Description: x, 217 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Contents: Traces of theory, tropes of modernity --
The storyteller's ruins --
Monuments and relics, I --
Monuments and relics, II --
De ánima, de corpore : the ruins of the bourgeois world --
Modernity, contingency, compensation --
A brief return to the ruin.
Series Title: SUNY series in Latin American and Iberian thought and culture.
Responsibility: Raúl Rodríguez-Hernández.
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"At face value, the concept of modernity seems to reference a stream of social and historical traffic headed down a utopian one-way street named "progress." Mexico's Ruins examines modernity in twentieth-century Mexican culture as a much more ambiguous concept, arguing that such a single-minded notion is inadequate to comprehend the complexity of modern Mexico's national projects and their reception by the nation's citizenry. Instead, through the trope of modernity as ruin, author Raul Rodriguez-Hernandez explores the dilemma presented by the etymology of "ruins": a simultaneous falling down and rising up, a confluence of opposing forces at work on the skyline of the metropolis since 1968. He focuses on artists and writers of the generacion de medio siglo, like Juan Garcia Ponce, and envisions both the tales of modernity and their storytellers in a new light. The arts, literature, and architecture of twentieth-century Mexico are all examined in this cross-cultural and interdisciplinary book."--BOOK JACKET.

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