Latina/o Poetic Responses to Neoliberalism and Globalization
Publication Year: 2013
Dowdy argues that a transnational Latina/o imaginary has emerged in response to neoliberalism—the free-market philosophy that underpins what many in the northern hemisphere refer to as “globalization.” His work examines how poets represent the places that have been “broken” by globalization’s political, economic, and environmental upheavals. Broken Souths locates the roots of the new imaginary in 1968, when the Mexican student movement crested and the Chicano and Nuyorican movements emerged in the United States. It theorizes that Latina/o poetics negotiates tensions between the late 1960s’ oppositional, collective identities and the present day’s radical individualisms and discourses of assimilation, including the “post-colonial,” “post-national,” and “post-revolutionary.” Dowdy is particularly interested in how Latina/o poetics reframes debates in cultural studies and critical geography on the relation between place, space, and nature.
Broken Souths features discussions of Latina/o writers such as Victor Hernández Cruz, Martín Espada, Juan Felipe Herrera, Guillermo Verdecchia, Marcos McPeek Villatoro, Maurice Kilwein Guevara, Judith Ortiz Cofer, Jack Agüeros, Marjorie Agosín, Valerie Martínez, and Ariel Dorfman, alongside discussions of influential Latin American writers, including Roberto Bolaño, Ernesto Cardenal, David Huerta, José Emilio Pacheco, and Raúl Zurita.
Published by: University of Arizona Press
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Juan loosened his shirt collar, peered to the south. He took Maga’s hand in his. “They are looking this way too,” he said. “From the edges of every bor-der, they look back—mud and cardboard kingdoms, from a busted make-shift hotel they pace; huddled, caught by surprise, by their own hunger and history; a broken hotel, made of smoke, revolution, and the strange inter-...
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My belief in the cooperative dimensions of intellectual work and the ne-cessity of collectivist solutions to the problems of our current historical moment often clash with my preference for working in solitude. I say with certainty, however, that the ideas in this book are valuable only insofar as they have emerged from, and inspire, conversation. I may claim the initial ...
Introduction: Contesting the Counter-Revolution: A Latina/o Literary Geography of the Neoliberal Era
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Maps have been of no use because I always forget that they are metaphors and not the territory; the compass has never made any sense—it always “To break” has surely been turned into a verb without yesteryear’s magic. Deferred to the past and to the future, it is also deprived of the present.Among literary representations of relations between Latin and North ...
1. Hemispheric Otherwises in the Shadow of “1968”: Martín Espada’s Zapatista Poems
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The culture in which we live is perhaps the most claustrophobic that has ever existed; in the culture of globalization [ . . . ] there is no glimpse of an elsewhere or an otherwise. The given is a prison. And faced with such With border- crossing products, persons, and capital, and with trea-ties linking states under the auspice of market freedom, conceptions of ...
2. Molotovs and Subtleties: Juan Felipe Herrera’s Post-Movement Norteamérica
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A baby molotov, at midnight—the East L.A. method. Good thing it didn’t go off. But, they got el mensaje. We invented Chicano Studies, con manos limpias en las mañanas, demanding our rights (this sounds old now but we did demand our rights). With our language, our home- poems, our long walks and fasts for justice. [ . . . ] I can say this. This was our starting point. ...
3. Against the Neoliberal State: Roberto Bolaño’s “Country” of Writing and Martín Espada’s “Republic” of Poetry
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What would have happened if September 11 had never existed? It’s a silly question, but sometimes it’s necessary to ask silly questions, or it’s inevi-table, or it suits our natural laziness. What would have happened? Many things, of course. The history of Latin America would be different. But on a basic level, I think everything would be the same, in Chile and in Latin ...
4. “Andando entre dos mundos”: Maurice Kilwein Guevara’s and Marcos McPeek Villatoro’s Appalachian Latino Poetics
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...[T]he rise of the violentologists enunciates the perversity, persistence, and obliqueness of terror as constructor of modern life in Colombia.One test of whether Appalachia retains its distinctive image in the twenty- first century will be whether the children and grandchildren of Spanish- speaking immigrants find their identities as Latinos or as mountaineers....
5. “Migration . . . is not a crime” : Puerto Rican Status and “T-shirt solidarity” in Judith Ortiz Cofer, Victor Hernández Cruz, and Jack Agüeros
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It’s hard to imagine a worse candidate for admission to the Union than No matter how far we perceive ourselves as being embedded in a particular culture, the moment we participate in global capitalism, this culture is Two weeks before the island plebiscite on December 13, 1998, in which a majority voted for “None of the Above” over “Independence,” “Statehood,” ...
6. Godzilla in Mexico City: Poetics of Infrastructure in José Emilio Pacheco and Roberto Bolaño
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When Lefebvre’s digressive manifesto for urban studies, The Urban Revo-lution, was published in 1970, Mexico City’s population was eight million. Due to massive rural- to- urban migration, the population now approaches thirty million and Lefebvre’s modeling of urban space as a simultaneously discrete and comprehensive field for the coming era of “complete” ur-...
Coda. “Too much of it”: Marjorie Agosín’s and Valerie Martínez’s Representations of Femicide in the Maquila Zone
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Every advance of the productive forces is a victory for both civilisation and barbarism. If it brings in its wake new possibilities of emancipation, it also These crimes [ . . . ] did not occur where capitalism is lacking, rather where Ciudad Juárez, the fourth largest city in Mexico, and El Paso, on the other side of the Rio Grande, dramatize North/South relations more acutely ...
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About the Author
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Michael Dowdy is an assistant professor of English at Hunter College of the City University of New York, where he teaches twentieth- century North American and Latin American poetries, Latina/o literature, and multiethnic literatures of the United States. A former faculty fellow at the Center for Place, Culture, and Politics at the CUNY Graduate Center, he ...
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Publication Year: 2013