Latin America Writes Back

Postmodernity in the Periphery. An Interdisciplinary Cultural Perspective

Ed. Emil Volek
After years of marginalization in the international debate on global change, Latin American scholars present their own response to the theories and practices of postmodernity in this collection of essays. The editor of this volume has assembled contributions across a range of interdisciplinary perspectives that illuminate contemporary Latin American culture by high-lighting from within many changes scarcely noticed in Europe and the U.S. Issues discussed in light of these recent changes include the notorious Latin American conflicts with modernity, the vexing problems of cultural identity, strategies of resistance to global trends, and the pervasive misconceptions about Latin American culture perpetuated within the United States and Europe. Together the essays clarify that Latin America is neither what is used to be nor what it is expected to be, but rather a new reality long overlooked by the world beyond.

Is Changing Reality, Changing Paradigm: Who Is Afraid of Postmodernity?
Emil Volek

Part I. Macondo or Death, But Not Exactly: The Case of Unrequited Modernity That Does Not Go Away

  1. Traditionalism and Modernity in Latin American Culture
    José Joaquín Brunner
  2. Modernity and Postmodernity in the Periphery
    Jesús Martín Barbero
  3. Communications: Decentering Modernity
    Jesús Martín Barbero

Part II. Changing Identities, or “Where do we come from” and “Where we are going?”

  1. The Challenges of Postmodernity and Globalization: Multiple or Fragmented Identities?
    Fernando Ainsa
  2. Postmodernism and Latin American Identity
    Jorge Larraín
  3. Latin American Identity—Dramatized
    José Joaquín Brunner

Part III. Changing Realities, Politics, Arts: Strategies of/for Resistance

  1. Autochthonous Cultures and the Global Market
    Mario Roberto Morales
  2. Post-Cities and Politics: New Urban Movements in the Two Americas
    Armando Silva
  3. Modern and Postmodern Aesthetics in Contemporary Argentine Theater (1985–1997)
    Osvaldo Pelletieri
  4. Polarized Modernity: Latin America at the Postmodern Juncture
    Raúl Bueno
  5. The Latin American Writer in These Postmodern Times
    Abelardo Castillo

Part IV. Changing Cultural Dossier: Some Classic Texts from the 1990s

  1. Variations on Postmodernity, or, What Does the Latin American Postboom Mean?
    Mempo Giardinelli
  2. Latin America and Postmodernity
    Nelly Richards
  3. Critique of Global Philosophy, Five Hundred Years Later
    Rafael Ángel Herra
  4. Cultural Topologies
    Daniel Altamiranda and Hernán Thomas

Postmodernity in the Periphery Is Not What You Think
Horacio Machín