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The only recent English-language work on Spanish-American indigenismo from a literary perspective, Estelle Tarica’s work shows how modern Mexican and Andean discourses about the relationship between Indians and non-Indians create a unique literary aesthetic that is instrumental in defining the experience of mestizo nationalism. 

 

Engaging with narratives by Jesús Lara, José María Arguedas, and Rosario Castellanos, among other thinkers, Tarica explores the rhetorical and ideological aspects of interethnic affinity and connection. In her examination, she demonstrates that these connections posed a challenge to existing racial hierarchies in Spanish America by celebrating a new kind of national self at the same time that they contributed to new forms of subjection and discrimination.

 

Going beyond debates about the relative merits of indigenismo and mestizaje, Tarica puts forward a new perspective on indigenista literature and modern mestizo identities by revealing how these ideologies are symptomatic of the dilemmas of national subject formation. The Inner Life of Mestizo Nationalism offers insight into the contemporary resurgence and importance of indigenista discourses in Latin America.

 

Estelle Tarica is associate professor of Latin American literature and culture at the University of California, Berkeley.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, About the Series, Copyright, Dedication
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Introduction: Intimate Indigenismo
  2. pp. xi-xxx
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  1. 1. Anatomy of Indigenismo
  2. pp. 1-29
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  1. 2. The Voice of the Son in Jesús Lara’s Surumi
  2. pp. 30-79
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  1. 3. José María Arguedas and the Mediating Voice
  2. pp. 80-136
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  1. 4. Rosario Castellanos at the Edge of Entanglement
  2. pp. 137-182
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  1. Conclusion: Listening to Small Voices
  2. pp. 183-200
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 201-218
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 219-232
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 233-240
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  1. About the Author, Other Works in the Series
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780816656585
Print ISBN
9780816650057
MARC Record
OCLC
236101194
Pages
272
Launched on MUSE
2015-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
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