By Ericka Beckman
Between 1870 and 1930, Latin American nations have been integrated into international capitalist networks like by no means earlier than, typically as exporters of uncooked fabrics and importers of synthetic items. in this Export Age, complete areas got over to the cultivation of export commodities resembling espresso and bananas, capital and exertions have been relocated to new construction facilities, and obstacles to international funding have been got rid of. Capital Fictions investigates the foremost position performed via literature in imagining and examining the swift modifications unleashed via Latin America’s first significant wave of capitalist modernization.
Using an cutting edge combination of literary and financial research and drawing from a wealthy interdisciplinary archive, Ericka Beckman offers the 1st prolonged overview of Export Age literary construction. She lines the emergence of a different set of fictions, fantasies, and illusions that observed the increase of export-led, established capitalism. those “capital fictions” variety from promotional pamphlets for Guatemalan espresso and ads for French models, to novels approximately inventory industry cave in in Argentina and rubber extraction within the Amazon.
Beckman explores how Export Age literature expected a few of the key contradictions confronted by means of modern capitalist societies, together with severe monetary volatility, large social inequality, and ever-more-intense technique of exploitation. wondering the competition among tradition and economics in Latin the USA and somewhere else, Capital Fictions indicates that literature operated as a robust kind of political financial system in this interval.
Read or Download Capital Fictions: The Literature of Latin America's Export Age PDF
Similar literary criticism & theory books
Absalom, Absalom! has lengthy been considered as certainly one of William Faulkner's so much tough, dense, and multilayered novels. it really is, on one point, the tale of Thomas Sutpen, an enigmatic stranger who got here to Jefferson within the early 1830s to wrest his mansion out of the muddy bottoms of the north Mississippi desolate tract.
The founding concept of “America” has been established mostly at the anticipated sweeping away of local americans to make room for EuroAmericans and their cultures. during this authoritative examine, David L. Moore examines the works of 5 famous local American writers and their efforts, starting within the colonial interval, to redefine an “America” and “American identification” that comes with local american citizens.
As one of many formative classes in Canadian historical past, the past due 19th century witnessed the start of a state, a humans, and a literature. during this research of Canada's first 'school' of poets, D. M. R. Bentley combines archival paintings, together with huge study in periodicals and newspapers, with shut readings of the paintings of Charles G.
As people cost up the steep slope of technological innovation, electronic age media more and more shapes our conception of everything—even non secular concerns. the subsequent level of religious improvement could be the made from a electronic interface among our personal snapshot of the divine, digital truth expertise that produces genuine perceptions, and with units that stimulate parts of the mind linked to non secular event.
- The Family in Crisis in Late Nineteenth-Century French Fiction (Cambridge Studies in French)
- Terrorism and Temporality in the Works of Thomas Pynchon and Don DeLillo
- Paralyses: Literature, Travel, and Ethnography in French Modernity
- Telling the Flesh: Life Writing, Citizenship, and the Body in the Letters to Samuel Auguste Tissot (McGill-Queen’s/Associated Medical Services Studies in the History of Medicine, H)
Additional resources for Capital Fictions: The Literature of Latin America's Export Age
Capital Fictions: The Literature of Latin America's Export Age by Ericka Beckman