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ArteletrA : the sixties in Latin America and the politics of going unnoticed / Jason A. Bartles.

Author/Creator:
Bartles, Jason A. author
Publication:
West Lafayette, Indiana : Purdue University Press, [2021]
Format/Description:
Book
xiv, 238 pages ; 23 cm.
Series:
Purdue studies in Romance literatures ; v. 81.
Purdue studies in Romance literatures ; volume 81
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Subjects:
Authors, Latin American -- 20th century.
Politics and literature -- Latin America -- 20th century.
Latin America -- Politics and government -- 20th century.
Casey, Calvert, 1924-1969.
Filloy, Juan.
Somers, Armonía.
Identity politics -- Latin America -- 20th century.
Nineteen sixties.
Summary:
"ArteletrA analyzes the Sixties in Latin America in order to revisit the core claim of literary and cultural studies to political relevancy in the contemporary world: the task of making visible the invisible. Though visibility can secure rights for the disenfranchised, it also risks subjecting them to the biopolitical and capitalist arrangements of space. What is at stake in this book is a series of aesthetic and ethical tools for engaging in politics-defined here as the potential to disagree-without first passing through visibility. These tools cohere around a practice Bartles calls "the politics of going unnoticed," which he derives from an archive of three noteworthy, though under-appreciated, authors who wrote during the Sixties: Calvert Casey (1924-69), Juan Filloy (1894-2000), and Armonía Somers (1914-94). For the first time ever, Casey, Filloy, and Somers are put in dialogue with one another to further demonstrate the unique contributions of Latin American writers to contemporary debates about the cross-roads of literatures and politics. What unites them is their shared investment in stories about those who go unnoticed. As a practice, going unnoticed creates space and opportunities for queer, rural, and female subjects, among others, to step back from unjust institutions. As a political discourse, going unnoticed deactivates the binary structures of biopolitics (e.g., visible/invisible, pure/filthy, friend/enemy) that divide humans from one another in the service of power and economic inequality. Though the politics of going unnoticed was ignored during the Sixties for its apparent individualism, these three writers work through alternatives to the politics of visibility that has animated political discourse on the left for the last half-century. More than a self-interested critique, going unnoticed opens new possibilities for engaging in the messy business of politics while imagining and creating better communities"--Provided by publisher.
Notes:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 209-231) and index.
Other format:
Online version: Bartles, Jason A. Arteletra.
ISBN:
9781612496665
1612496660
9781612496535
1612496539
9781612496542
9781612496559
OCLC:
1203136610