Decadent modernity : civilization and 'Latinidad' in Spanish America, 1880-1920
- Michela Coletta.
- Liverpool : Liverpool University Press, 2018.
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- x, 190 pages ; 24 cm.
- Liverpool Latin American studies, new series ; 17
- Coletta, Michela, author.
- Includes bibliographical references (pages 152-183) and index.
- ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS INTRODUCTION
- CHAPTER 1: `Raza Latina: Immigration and Decadence at the Fin-de-Sie cle' 1.1 `Introduction: Race and Nation in the Southern Cone' 1.2 `Uruguay: Antieuropei smo and Tradition' 1.3 `Immigration and Civilization in Argentina' 1.4 `Raza Latina and Raza Chilena' 1.5 Conclusion
- CHAPTER 2: `Mythologising the Internal Other: Rural Tradition as Antidote to Modern Civilization' 2.1 `Introduction: Literary Criollismos and National Culture' 2.2 `Argentina and Uruguay: The Raza Vencida' 2.3 `The Gaucho Oriental: Tratado de la Imbecilidad del Pai s' 2.4 `Chile: Geografi a Humanizada' 2.5 Conclusion
- CHAPTER 3: `National Regeneration and the Education of the Latin American Elites' 3.1 `Introduction: Education vis-a -vis Racial and Cultural Determinism' 3.2 `Krausismo and the Escuela Nueva: Two Models of Education 3.3 `Intellectual Education versus Practical Education' 3.4 `National Language and Education in the River Plate' 3.5 Conclusion
- CHAPTER 4: `Against the Poetics of Decadence: Latin America and the Aesthetics of Regeneration' 4.1 `Introduction: The Sociology of Art in the Southern Cone' 4.2 `Jose Enrique Rodo and Rube n Dari o' 4.3 `Ariel and Aesthetic Education' 4.4 `Arielismo and the Politics of Aesthetics' 4.5 Conclusion CONCLUSION BIBLIOGRAPHY INDEX.
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How did Latin Americans represent their own countries as modern? By treating modernity as a ubiquitous category in which ideas of progress and decadence are far from being mutually exclusive, this book explores how different groups of intellectuals, between the late nineteenth and the early twentieth century, drew from European sociological and medical theories to produce a series of cultural representations based on notions of degeneration. Through a comparative analysis of three country case studies Argentina, Uruguay and Chile the book investigates four themes that were central to definitions of Latin American modernity at the turn of the century: race and the nation, the search for the autochthonous, education, and aesthetic values. Using a transnational approach, it shows how civilizational constructs were adopted and adapted in a post-colonial context where cultural modernism foreshadowed economic modernization. In doing this, this work sheds new light on the complex discursive negotiations through which the idea of `Latin America' became gradually established in the region.
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