Think Latin is an unnecessary, long-dead language? Think again! This fun, absorbing book, packed with quirky bite-sized lists, quizzes and trivia, proves that Latin is as vibrant and relevant today as it was 2,500 years ago. Find out how Latin appears surprisingly often in today's movies, and how the language has left its mark on our place names. Discover the beauty of Latin poetry with choice snippets from Catullus, Horace and Virgil, and find out what the most notorious Roman emperors got up to.
Featuring twenty-five key essays from the Journal of Latin American Cultural Studies (Traves/sia), this book surveys the most influential themes and concepts, as well as scouring some of the polemics and controversies, which have marked the field over the last quarter of a century since the Journal's foundation in 1992.
Emerging at a moment of crisis of revolutionary narratives, and at the onset of neoliberal economics and emergent narcopolitics, the cultural studies impetus in Latin America was part of an attempted intellectual reconstruction of the (centre-) left in terms of civil society, and the articulation of social movements and agencies, thinking beyond the verticalist constructions from previous decades.
This collection maps these developments from the now classical discussions of the 'cultural turn' to more recent responses to the challenges of biopolitics, affect theory, posthegemony and ecocriticism. It also addresses novel political constellations including resurgent national-popular or eco-nativist and indigenous agencies. Framed by a critical introduction from the editors, this volume is both a celebration of influential essays published over twenty five years of the Journal and a representative overview of the field in its multiple ramifications, entrenchments and exchanges.
With case studies of South and Central America, Cuba, Haiti and the Dominican Republic, "A Political Geography of Latin America" explains how it is possible to overcome the stereotypes and generalizations about "banana republics," dictatorships and the Latin character.
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