Neobaroque in the Americas
Alternative Modernities in Literature, Visual Art, and Film
Publication Year: 2012
In a comparative and interdisciplinary analysis of modern and postmodern literature, film, art, and visual culture, Monika Kaup examines the twentieth century's recovery of the baroque within a hemispheric framework embracing North America, Latin America, and U.S. Latino/a culture. As "neobaroque" comes to the forefront of New World studies, attention to transcultural dynamics is overturning the traditional scholarship that confined the baroque to a specific period, class, and ideology in the seventeenth century. Reflecting on the rich, nonlinear genealogy of baroque expression, Neobaroque in the Americas envisions the baroque as an anti-proprietary expression that brings together seemingly disparate writers and artists and contributes to the new studies in global modernity.
Published by: University of Virginia Press
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Over the years that went into the making of this book, large debts of gratitude have accumulated to many colleagues and friends who offered I would like to acknowledge and thank Eric Ames, Herb Blau, Marshall Brown, Laura Chrisman, Ruth Little, Christopher Johnson, Adrian Martin, Geoffrey McCafferty, Brian Reed, Jacobo Sefamí, and James Tweedie. I am ...
IntroductionNeobaroque Alternative Modernities
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This book opens with a portrait of neobaroque T. S. Eliot and closes with contemporary baroques in Chicano lowrider art and the hip-hop baroque in Cuban American art. In between, it ranges over vastly diverse territory: the major works of Djuna Barnes, contemporary antidictatorship literature and film from Chile and Argentina by Diamela Eltit, José Donoso, Raúl Ruiz, ...
14q 1rNeobaroque Eliot
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Neobaroque Eliot? This chapter is written to claim for T. S. Eliot an unusual denominator, foreign-sounding not only within Eliot studies but also within studies of Anglo-American poetry and modernism. For decades, Eliot’s persona has been stable: everyone recognizes the U.S.-born, English-convert poet-critic who developed from youthful vanguardist to cultural ...
2rThe Neobaroque in Djuna Barnes
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The most salient features of Djuna Barnes’s literary work are its obscurity and its hyperbolic style. In all her major works, Barnes flaunts an ornate, circular, rambling, extravagant prose. In this way, her work radically coun-ters the engineering principles of efficiency canonized by modernist writ-ers of the machine age who proposed to cleanse language of redundant, ...
rThe Latin American AntidictatorshipNeobaroque
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To articulate the past historically does not mean to recognize it “the way it really was.” It means to seize hold of a memory as it flashes up This chapter and the following turn to a new cycle of the neobaroque in the Americas, which I call the antidictatorship neobaroque. Crossing mul-tiple borders of time and space, this shift takes us from Eliot’s and Barnes’s ...
14q 4rAntidictatorship Neobaroque Cinema
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I am not an ideologue of the baroque. I am simply Latin American. I can’t help but be baroque. Allegory for me is much more than a game — Raúl Ruiz, Sydney, February 3, 1993, quoted in Laleen Jayamanne, —Arnold Hauser, The Social History of Art, vol. 2, Renaissance, Film and the Baroque are natural allies. They share a central aim: the ...
q 5rHemispheric Genealogies of theNew World Baroque
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During the early years of the Cold War, big American cars functioned like the Baroque Cathedrals of the Counter-Reformation. . . . Today, lowrider cars combine and exacerbate old and modern Baroque sensi-bilities, transforming American cars into sexualized moving altars of the Hip-hop might be a contemporary Baroque. . . . Think about it: the ...
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Page Count: 392
Illustrations: 43 halftones
Publication Year: 2012
Series Title: New World Studies
Series Editor Byline: J. Michael Dash