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After the Nation proposes a series of groundbreaking new approaches to novels, essays, and short stories by Carlos Fuentes and Thomas Pynchon within the framework of a hemispheric American studies. García-Caro offers a pioneering comparativist approach to the contemporary American and Mexican literary canons and their underlying nationalist encodement through the study of a wide range of texts by Pynchon and Fuentes which question and historicize in different ways the processes of national definition and myth-making deployed in the drawing of literary borders. After the Nation looks at these literary narratives as postnational satires that aim to unravel and denounce the combined hegemonic processes of modernity and nationalism while they start to contemplate the ensuing postnational constellations. These are texts that playfully challenge the temporal and spatial designs of national themes while they point to and debase “holy” borders, international borders as well as the internal lines where narratives of nation are embodied and consecrated.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title page, Copyright, Dedication
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Foreword
  2. Jean Franco
  3. pp. ix-x
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. xi-xviii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xix-2
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  1. Introduction: Bordering Can(n)ons: Postnational Satire in the United States and Mexico
  2. pp. 3-28
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  1. Part One: Narrative Undergrounds in the Postnational City
  2. pp. 29-40
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  1. 1. Modernity Versus Its National Demons: La región más transparente
  2. pp. 41-58
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  1. 2. Innocents Abroad and at Home: The Profane History of American Modernity in V.
  2. pp. 59-76
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  1. Part Two: Dissenting from the Nation: The New Left
  2. pp. 77-86
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  1. 3. La muerte de Artemio Cruz and the Agonic Mexican Nation
  2. pp. 87-108
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  1. 4. The Crying of Lot 49 and the Nationalist Colonization of the Unconscious
  2. pp. 109-132
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  1. 5. Epidermic Metamorphosis? Shedding the Nation in Cambio de piel
  2. pp. 133-146
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  1. Part Three: (Post)Colonial Enlightened Origins: Americanism Born
  2. pp. 147-160
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  1. 6. Enlightened Nationalists: The Conquest Rides Again in La campaña
  2. pp. 161-178
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  1. 7. Surveying American Exceptionalism in Mason & Dixon
  2. pp. 179-198
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  1. Conclusion: Beyond the Nation
  2. pp. 199-210
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 211-252
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 253-274
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 275-282
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