Cover

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pp. 1-1

Title Page, Copyright

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pp. 2-5

Contents

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pp. v-vi

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Introduction: Capital Fictions

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pp. vii-xxx

Consider the following scenario: a Latin American dictator, in order to stay in power, sells the Caribbean Sea to the United States. The entire body of water is then carried away to irrigate the deserts of Arizona. To replace the lost sea breezes, the North Americans provide the Caribbean nation with a gigantic wind machine. ...

I. Boom

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Chapter 1: Production: Imagining the Export Republic

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pp. 3-41

In 1872 an article entitled “Las riquezas de Bolivia” (“The wealth of Bolivia”) appeared in the New York–based, Cuban-owned newspaper La América Ilustrada.1 The anonymous article confidently identifies Bolivia as “one of the richest countries of this rich land of América”: ...

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Chapter 2: Consumption: Modernismo’s Import Catalogues

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pp. 42-80

Chapter 1 investigated the capital fictions surrounding the production of export commodities in late nineteenth-century Latin America. As regional economies become more integrated into global networks of exchange, fantasies of production had to compete with a new aesthetic sensibility. ...

II. Bust

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Chapter 3: Money I: Financial Crisis and the Stock Market Novel

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pp. 83-120

According to the economic laws through which Latin American countries were incorporated into the global commodity lottery at the end of the nineteenth century, a nation was rich on the basis of its natural resources. While dormant, this wealth could be “awoken” by the magical touch of human labor, ...

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Chapter 4: Money II: Bankruptcy and Decadence

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pp. 121-157

I begin this chapter by telling the story of a ghost that ran across the Colombian nation at the end of nineteenth century: the ghost of Colombia’s First National Bank, el Banco Nacional. By 1894, this National Bank had become virtually insolvent, emitting far more paper currency than it could secure in metal reserves. ...

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Chapter 5: Exploitation: A Journey to the Export Real

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pp. 158-190

By the 1920s, Spanish American literary texts began to offer a new way of envisioning export economies by way of a current known as regionalism. In the aftermath of the urban-based and intensely Europhilic literary movements of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, particularly modernismo, ...

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Conclusion: Return to Macondo

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pp. 191-198

In 1908, the legendary Colombian Liberal and general Rafael Uribe Uribe delivered a speech to the Agricultural Society of Colombia. The subject of the conference: “El banano” (The banana). The-hundred-page speech offers a wealth of information about the crop, with sections devoted to origins, uses and byproducts, ...

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Acknowledgments

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pp. 199-202

It gives me great pleasure to acknowledge the debts I accrued in the process of writing this book. This book began as a dissertation under the direction of Mary Louise Pratt and Richard Rosa, the two teachers from whom I have learned the most. Mary continues to provide me with a model for rigorous and politically engaged scholarship. ...

Notes

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pp. 203-230

Bibliography

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pp. 231-244

Index

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pp. 245-254