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Neobaroque in the Americas

Alternative Modernities in Literature, Visual Art, and Film

Monika Kaup

Publication Year: 2012

In a comparative and interdisciplinary analysis of modern and postmodern literature, film, art, and visual culture, Monika Kaup examines the twentieth century's recovery of the baroque within a hemispheric framework embracing North America, Latin America, and U.S. Latino/a culture. As "neobaroque" comes to the forefront of New World studies, attention to transcultural dynamics is overturning the traditional scholarship that confined the baroque to a specific period, class, and ideology in the seventeenth century. Reflecting on the rich, nonlinear genealogy of baroque expression, Neobaroque in the Americas envisions the baroque as an anti-proprietary expression that brings together seemingly disparate writers and artists and contributes to the new studies in global modernity.

Published by: University of Virginia Press


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pp. ix-x

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pp. xi-xii

Over the years that went into the making of this book, large debts of gratitude have accumulated to many colleagues and friends who offered ...

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Introduction: Neobaroque Alternative Modernities

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pp. 1-27

This book opens with a portrait of neobaroque T. S. Eliot and closes with contemporary baroques in Chicano lowrider art and the hip-hop baroque in Cuban American art. In between, it ranges over vastly diverse territory: the ...

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1. Neobaroque Eliot: Antidissociationism and the Allegorical Method

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pp. 29-66

Neobaroque Eliot? This chapter is written to claim for T. S. Eliot an unusual denominator, foreign-sounding not only within Eliot studies but also within studies of Anglo-American poetry and modernism. For ...

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2. The Neobaroque in Djuna Barnes: Melancholia and the Language of Abundance and Insufficiency

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pp. 67-120

The most salient features of Djuna Barnes’s literary work are its obscurity and its hyperbolic style. In all her major works, Barnes flaunts an ornate, circular, rambling, extravagant prose. In this way, her work radically counters the engineering principles of efficiency canonized by modernist ...

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3. The Latin American Antidictatorship Neobaroque: Allegories of History as Catastrophe and Performances of the Wounded Self in Diamela Eltit’s Lumpérica and José Donoso’s Casa de campo

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pp. 121-182

This chapter and the following turn to a new cycle of the neobaroque in the Americas, which I call the antidictatorship neobaroque. Crossing multiple borders of time and space, this shift takes us from Eliot’s and Barnes’s ...

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4. Antidictatorship Neobaroque Cinema: Raúl Ruiz’s Mémoire des apparences and María Luisa Bemberg’s Yo, la peor de todas

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pp. 183-242

This chapter builds on the previous one for its delineation of the revival of baroque expression as a response to the dictatorships that engulfed Latin America in the seventies and beyond. The neobaroque turned out to be ...

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5. Hemispheric Genealogies of the New World Baroque: Early Modern New World Baroque and Diasporic Baroques in Contemporary U.S. Latino/a Art and Culture

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pp. 243-309

Mexican novelist Carlos Fuentes’s novel La frontera de cristal (1995; The Crystal Frontier), which is set on the U.S.-Mexico border, begins with the impressions of a young, aristocratic ...


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pp. 311-351

Selected Bibliography

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pp. 353-364


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pp. 365-378

E-ISBN-13: 9780813933146
E-ISBN-10: 0813933145
Print-ISBN-13: 9780813933139
Print-ISBN-10: 0813933129

Page Count: 392
Illustrations: 43 halftones
Publication Year: 2012

OCLC Number: 867739337
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  • Latin America -- Civilization -- 21st century.
  • United States -- Civilization -- 21st century.
  • Baroque literature -- Influence
  • Art, Baroque -- Influence.
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