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Utopian Dreams, Apocalyptic Nightmares

Globilization in Recent Mexican and Chicano Narrative

by Miguel Lopez Lozano

Publication Year: 2008

Utopian Dreams, Apocalyptic Nightmares traces the history of utopian representations of the Americas, first on the part of the colonizers, who idealized the New World as an earthly paradise, and later by Latin American modernizing elites, who imagined Western industrialization, cosmopolitanism and consumption as a utopian dream for their independent societies.

Published by: Purdue University Press

Series: Purdue Studies in Romance Literatures


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Title page

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p. vii

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p. ix

This book is dedicated to the memory of Antony Higgins, who taught me about the academic profession and true friendship. I would like to thank him and all the people who have been key to the realization of this book. Gwen Kirkpatrick and Danny J. ...

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pp. 1-42

These words from George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four (1949) contemplating the importance of history and its impact on the future reflect a critical paradigm for contemporary Latin American and US Latino writers as they confront the social and political changes accompanying rapid modernization and ...

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Chapter One. The Brave New World of Carlos Fuentes’s Cristóbal Nonato

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pp. 43-90

Since his monumental 1975 novel Terra nostra, the internationally known Mexican writer Carlos Fuentes has evidenced a particular concern with the implications of the 1492 Euro-American encounter for contemporary global culture and society.1 A dozen years later, and some half dozen years before the signing ...

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Chapter Two. Cultural Identity and Dystopia in Alejandro Morales’s The Rag Doll Plagues

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pp. 91-134

Debates about identity politics have had a significant impact on literary production in Latin America and the United States in recent decades, as is evidenced by the vast number of contemporary narratives on the theme of ethnicity. Inspired by the anticipation of the 1992 commemoration of five centuries of ...

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Chapter Three. The Dream of Mestizo Mexico

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pp. 135-173

Like Chicano writer Alejandro Morales’s The Rag Doll Plagues, Mexican author Carmen Boullosa’s Cielos de la tierra (1997) examines the transformation of utopian dreams into apocalyptic nightmares in the colonial past, postrevolutionary present, and postnational future, pointing to the disjunction between nature ...

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Chapter Four

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pp. 175-229

While in the previous chapters, we read how Morales’s The Rag Doll Plagues and Carmen Boullosa’s Cielos de la tierra trace a pattern of racial exclusion and ecological devastation of nature in three different time periods, in Homero Aridjis’s novels, we see the environmental and human cost of industrialization ...

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Conclusion: The Angel of History and the Postapocalyptic Consciousness

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pp. 231-237

As I write the final lines of this book, a decade has gone by since NAFTA went into effect and the Zapatista insurrection in Chiapas began; as Josefina Saldaña-Portillo observes: “The Zapatista uprising has brought the Mexican nationalistic project to a crisis and has challenged mestizaje as its dominant trope for ...


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pp. 239-266


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pp. 267-285


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pp. 287-293

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About the Author

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p. 294

About the Author Miguel L

E-ISBN-13: 9781612491202
E-ISBN-10: 1612491200
Print-ISBN-13: 9781557534842
Print-ISBN-10: 1557534845

Page Count: 294
Publication Year: 2008

Series Title: Purdue Studies in Romance Literatures
Series Editor Byline: Patricia Hart See more Books in this Series

OCLC Number: 654435904
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  • Mexican fiction -- 20th century -- History and criticism.
  • American fiction -- Mexican American authors -- History and criticism.
  • American fiction -- 20th century -- History and criticism.
  • Globalization in literature.
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