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Uncivil Wars

Elena Garro, Octavio Paz, and the Battle for Cultural Memory

By Sandra Messinger Cypess

Publication Year: 2012

Blending biography, literary analysis, and cultural history, Uncivil Wars reveals a new understanding of the works of Elena Garro and Octavio Paz, placing these iconic writers in the context of the revolutions—military, social, and feminist—that shaped their lives.

Published by: University of Texas Press

Cover

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p. c-c

Title Page, Copyright Page

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pp. i-vi

Contents

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pp. vii-viii

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Preface

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pp. ix-xiii

FOR MANY YEARS I CONSIDERED EXPLORING the roles of Elena Garro and Octavio Paz in formulating and transmitting the cultural memory of Mexico during the second part of the twentieth century. The inspiration derived in part from my earlier study of the historical fi gure of the indigenous woman, La Malinche, and how she was portrayed in Mexican literature and culture...

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1. Introduction: Uncivil Wars

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pp. 1-12

THIS BOOK DEVELOPED FROM MY ONGOING study of the texts of Elena Garro (1916–1998), which began at a time when she was still considered a persona non grata in Latin American studies. Garro was not yet acknowledged as an author of status in Latin America; she had received no international prizes, and her works were certainly not canonical within Latin American literary...

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2. All in the Family: Paz and Garro Rewrite Mexico’s Cultural Memory

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pp. 13-48

WHAT COULD THE ILLUSTRIOUS, internationally known Nobel Prize laureate Octavio Paz (1914–1998) have in common with a modish Mexican Laura? I am referring to Laura Esquivel (b. 1950), the writer of popular fiction, one of whose novels, Como agua para chocolate (1989; translated as Like Water for Chocolate, 1992), sold more than four and a half million copies around the...

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3. War at Home: Betrayals of/in the Mexican Revolution

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pp. 49-78

WHILE READING ABOUT THE INTERNECINE WARFARE and treachery that marked the Conquest period, we cannot help but note that the same factionalism, violence, and betrayals also took place during the years aft er Mexican independence from Spain (1821) and certainly form part of the history of the Mexican Revolution, the next great war that both Garro and Paz incorporated...

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4. Love and War Don’t Mix: Garro and Paz in the Spanish Civil War

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pp. 79-114

ELECTION RESULTS LEADING TO ARMED fighting and the dissolution of law and order, conflicts over the ownership and use of land, bloody warfare, hunger in the streets, and international crises marked the period of the Mexican Revolution but also characterized the years of the Spanish Civil War. Comparisons between the two have proven fruitful for a number of reasons. Although...

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5. Tlatelolco: The Undeclared War

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pp. 115-150

THE YEAR 1968 MARKED A TURNING POINT in Mexican history. Events that preceded or followed are oft en seen in relation to the occurrences of that year, especially its most important moment: October 2. What happened on that day had an impact in Mexico analogous to the effect of the assassinations of Martin Luther King, Jr., and Robert Kennedy in 1968, which initiated immediate...

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6. From Civil War to Gender War: The Battle of the Sexes

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pp. 151-178

AS THE PREVIOUS CHAPTERS HAVE SHOWN, wars between nations as well as civil wars and conflicts between races and tribes and even within families have inspired notable works of literature. Indeed, as John Limon reminds us in his study of American (meaning U.S.) war fiction, Writing after War, the pedigree of traditional literary history begins with...

Notes

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pp. 179-206

Bibliography

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pp. 207-236

Index

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pp. 237-247


E-ISBN-13: 9780292737785
E-ISBN-10: 0292737785
Print-ISBN-13: 9780292737778
Print-ISBN-10: 0292737777

Page Count: 261
Illustrations: none
Publication Year: 2012

Series Title: Joe R. and Teresa Lozano Long Series in Latin American and Latino Art and Culture

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Subject Headings

  • Garro, Elena -- Criticism and interpretation.
  • Paz, Octavio, -- 1914-1998 -- Criticism and interpretation.
  • National characteristics, Mexican, in literature.
  • Collective memory -- Mexico.
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