By María Mercedes Andrade
Ambivalent wishes: Representations of Modernity and personal lifestyles in Colombia (1890s-1950s) is a literary and cultural examine of the reception of modernity in Colombia. in contrast to past reports of Latin American modernization, that have often curious about the general public point of the method, this publication discusses the intersection among modernity and the personal sphere. It analyzes canonical and non-canonical works that mirror the present ambivalence towards the modernizing undertaking being carried out within the nation on the time, and it discusses how the texts in query reinterpret, adapt, or even reject the ideology of modernity. the focal point of the learn is how the knowledge of the connection among modernity and personal lifestyles pertains to the venture of making a contemporary country, and the discontinuities and contradictions that seem within the procedure. The query of what modernity is, its implications for daily life, and its desirability or undesirability as a brand new cultural paradigm have been relevant matters in Colombian texts from the top of the 19th century throughout the first 1/2 the 20th. At stake was once the definition of the nation's identification and the undertaking of breaking clear of the cultural styles of the colonial previous. considering the fact that the it sounds as if peaceable strategy of modernization in Colombia used to be interrupted within the Fifties via the eruption of political violence around the state, this learn situates itself at the eve of a hindrance and asks how representations of modernity in texts from the interval proof the social fragmentation that could have resulted in it. The booklet starts with an research of the topic of the non-public assortment within the paintings of JosZ Asunci-n Silva, and the way it truly is used to suggest a particular thought of private and cultural id. It keeps with an research of the modernizing ideology of the preferred journal El GrOfico through the interval of financial prosperity of the Nineteen Twenties often called the 'Dance of the Millions,' concentrating on the publication's ads and the part dedicated to ladies and the house. to that end, the canonical writings of TomOs Rueda Vargas are analyzed within the context of the relation among autobiographical writing and public existence, emphasizing the contradiction among the author's public liberalism and his inner most conservatism, and highlighting his critique of contemporary existence. The works of formerly ignored girls writers Manuela Mallarino Isaacs, Juana SOnchez Lafaurie, and Fabiola Aguirre are studied within the context of women's dating to modernity and their clash among conventional roles that relegated them to the non-public sphere, and their wish to settle for sleek criteria. The booklet concludes with an research of the novels of Ignacio G-mez DOvila, that have obtained scant consciousness to this date, because it discusses his critique of the higher sessions' flight into the non-public and what the writer sees as their alienation from a society at the verge of a crisis.
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