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Impossible domesticity : travels in Mexico / Leila Gómez ; translated by Robert Weis.

Author/Creator:
Gómez, Leila, author.
Publication:
Pittsburgh, Pa. : University of Pittsburgh Press, [2021]
Format/Description:
Book
ix, 237 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Series:
Illuminations (Pittsburgh, Pa.)
Illuminations : cultural formations of the Americas series
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Subjects:
Travelers' writings -- History and criticism.
Mexico -- Description and travel.
Travel.
Travelers' writings.
Mexico.
Form/Genre:
Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Literary criticism.
Literary criticism.
Summary:
"Travelers from Europe, North, and South America often perceive Mexico as a mythical place onto which they project their own cultures' desires, fears, and anxieties. Gómez argues that Mexico's role in these narratives was not passive and that the environment, peoples, ruins, political revolutions, and economy of Mexico were fundamental to the configuration of modern Western art and science. This project studies the images of Mexico and the ways they were contested by travelers of different national origins and trained in varied disciplines from the nineteenth to the twenty-first century. It starts with Alexander von Humboldt, the German naturalist whose fame sprang from his trip to Mexico and Latin America, and ends with Roberto Bolaño, the Chilean novelist whose work defines Mexico as an "oasis of horror." In between, there are archaeologists, photographers, war correspondents, educators, writers, and artists for whom the trip to Mexico represented a rite of passage, a turning point in their intellectual biographies, their scientific disciplines, and their artistic practices"-- Provided by publisher.
Contents:
Machine generated contents note: ch. 1 Humboldt in Mexico: The Aleph in Latin America
ch. 2 Desire Charnay in Mexico: Between Politics and Science
ch. 3 Fanny Calderon in Mexico: Objects and Identity
ch. 4 John Reed in Mexico: Between Comedy and Epic
ch. 5 Gabriela Mistral in Mexico: Teacher, Mother, and Saint
ch. 6 Antonin Artaud in Mexico: The Economy of Failure
ch. 7 The Beats in Mexico: Vagabond Poets William Burroughs and Jack Kerouac
ch. 8 "An Oasis of Horror in a Desert of Boredom": Mexico in Roberto Bolafio.
Notes:
Translated from the Spanish.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contributor:
Weis, Robert, 1971- translator.
ISBN:
9780822946915
0822946912
9780822988502
OCLC:
1237750988