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Imagining Modernity in the Andes deals with the intersection of projects of modernity and cultural representation in the Andes. The Peruvian novelist and anthropologist José María Arguedas occupies a privileged place in a study that charts the social, cultural, and intellectual transformations that took place in the Andes throughout the twentieth and early twenty-first centuries. In its examination of political and literary indigenistas of the 1920s, applied anthropology in the 1950s, the novelistic response to emigration and urbanization, the theory of transculturation in the era of transnationalism, and the appearance of new visual technologies in a cultural context long defined by the oral-textual divide, Imagining Modernity in the Andes conducts the type of interdisciplinary approach which a full appreciation for the heterodoxies of Andean cultural production makes indispensable.
Priscilla Archibald —
Priscilla Archibald is associate professor of Spanish at Roosevelt University. Her publications include articles in Social Text, Revista Iberoamericana, and Revista canadiense de estudios hispánicos, among other journals and volumes.
Archibald, Priscilla. Imagining modernity in the Andes. Bucknell, 2011. 205p bibl index afp; ISBN 9781611480122; ISBN 9781611480139 e-book, contact publisher for price. Reviewed in 2011oct CHOICE.
This multidisciplinary work deals with literature, cultural discourse, and some aspects of the social sciences in relation to new configurations of indigenista studies in Peru. Its title is rather misleading in that "the Andes" is a vast geographical region running from Venezuela to Chile and Archibald (Roosevelt Univ.) is concerned in particular with Peru. The author starts with an analysis of novelists and essayists of the 1920s, seen here as the Peruvian founding fathers of the indigenista movement, and concludes with a study of recent depictions of urbanization and filmmaking in the 1990s. The fictional and anthropological works of José María Arguedas are central to this book, and Archibald examines them in conjunction with constructions of race, ethnicity, and political ideology. This informative overview complements major contributions to the field--Estelle Tarica's The Inner Life of Mestizo Nationalism (CH, Dec'08, 46-1959) and Jorge Coronado's The Andes Imagined (CH, Oct'09, 47-0744), both broad-based engagements with indigenismo. In terms of theory, all three titles are indebted to Benedict Anderson's seminal work on nationalism.
Summing Up: Recommended. Graduate students, researchers, faculty. -- J. S. Bottaro, Medgar Evers College of The City University of New York