The Contemporáneos Group
Rewriting Mexico in the Thirties and Forties
Publication Year: 2003
Published by: University of Texas Press
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The process from manuscript to book is long and needs the help of many people. I want to start with the same critics noted in the Introduction, maestros like Frank Dauster, Merlin H. Forster, Seymour Menton, and John S. Brushwood. If they had not written what they did, we would have to be doing so now. ...
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Frank Dauster and Merlin H. Forster in the United States and Octavio Paz and Guillermo Sheridan in Mexico, among several others, taught us about the importance of the writers of the Contempor�neos. Little by little these literary critics were able to rewrite the Mexican canon and give these authors the place they deserved in Mexican letters. ...
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The subtitle of José Antonio Maravall’s book Culture of the Baroque (1980) is Analysis of a Historical Structure. Maravall’s definition of historical structure is “the figure—or mental construction—in which we are shown a complex of facts endowed with an internal articulation wherein the intricate network of relations taking place between such facts ...
2: Gay and Baroque Literatures
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Salvador Novo’s El joven is usually explained as a new novel based on the figure of young men popularized by gay writers like Marcel Proust and André Gide. Besides this influence, the figure of the wandering young man already existed in classical literature, especially in the baroque period. ...
3: Satiric Poetry
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Gay and baroque poetry converge in Salvador Novo’s satire. It is baroque because it follows the conventions of Golden Age literary models; it is gay, even in those poems where the topic is not mentioned, because in this genre Novo comes out of the closet. ...
4: Agustín Lazo (1896 –1971): Xavier Villaurrutia’s Shadow
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Agust�n Lazo was born in Mexico City into a wealthy and well-known family. This is one of the main reasons why he is so different from many of his contemporary writers and painters. While the others were fighting to get a position in the administration or in the mass media, Lazo could choose where and what to study, write, and paint. ...
5: Guadalupe Mar�n: The Madwoman in the Murals
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Guadalupe Marín is one of the most fascinating women of twentieth-century Mexico. She is most famous because she was Diego Rivera’s first or second wife (depending on whether we include Angelina Beloff ) and by far his most important muse. After her Catholic marriage to Rivera (they never had a civil, legal marriage in Mexico), ...
6: Gossip, Power, and the Culture of Celebrity
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In 1994 the cultural historian Neal Gabler published his seminal book Winchell: Gossip, Power and the Culture of Celebrity, which was declared the nonfiction book of the year by Time magazine. Gabler transcended the biographical genre, using Winchell’s life to explain the period of his fame ...
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Publication Year: 2003