1st Edition

The Routledge Companion to Twentieth and Twenty-First Century Latin American Literary and Cultural Forms

Edited By Guillermina De Ferrari, Mariano Siskind Copyright 2023
    540 Pages 36 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    The Routledge Companion to Twentieth and Twenty-First Century Latin American Literary and Cultural Forms brings together a team of expert contributors in this critical and innovative volume.

    Highlighting key trends within the discipline, as well as cutting-edge viewpoints that revise and redefine traditional debates and approaches, readers will come away with an understanding of the complexity of twenty-first-century Latin American cultural production and with a renovated and eminently contemporary understanding of twentieth-century literature and culture.

    This invaluable resource will be of interest to advanced students and academics in the fields of Latin American literature, cultural studies, and comparative literature.



    Guillermina De Ferrari and Mariano Siskind


    Part I

    Not the Way You Remember: Reshuffled Traditions and Historical Formations

    1. Avant-Gardes in Latin America: A Polemical Intervention on Historical and Neo-Vanguardias
    2. Fernando J. Rosenberg


    3. A Material World: On the Literary Invention of the Latin American Queer Body
    4. Javier Guerrero


    5. Economic Impact: Narrative Traces of Money, Crisis, and Work
    6. Alejandra Laera


    7. Neoliberalism in Latin America: Sequences, Struggles, Institutions
    8. Verónica Gago


    9. Gore Capitalism, Borderization, and Fascism 2.0
    10. Sayak Valencia


    11. Formations of Sense
    12. Horacio Legrás


    13. What Is Popular Art?
    14. Karen Benezra


    15. Work’s Figures, Work’s Forms
    16. Sarah Ann Wells


    17. Literature and Revolution in Latin America
    18. Juan E. De Castro


    19. The Reactionary Genealogies of Latin American Literature
    20. Benjamin Loy


    21. The Political Art of Memory in Latin America
    22. Victor Vich and Alexandra Hibbett


    23. Decolonizing Indigenous Literatures
    24. Arturo Arias


    25. Bound to Beauty: The Cultural Politics of Feminist Writerly Formations
    26. Victoria Liendo


    27. Gisèle Freund’s Latin America: The Cosmopolitan Promises of Modern Photography
    28. Alejandra Uslenghi


      Part II

      Virtually Anywhere: Dislocated Boundaries and Porous Cartographies

    29. Peopling Latin Americanism
    30. Fernando Degiovanni


    31. Literary Exchanges between Latin America and Spain during the Spanish Civil War
    32. Jesús Cano Reyes


    33. The Orient, the Rim, and the World
    34. Rosario Hubert


    35. Rethinking South-South Globalities: The Indian Connection
    36. Alexandra Ortiz Wallner


    37. Liberian Signifiers and the Crisis of Latin American Cosmopolitan Imaginaries
    38. Mariano Siskind


    39. The End of Landscape: Brumadinho, the Capitalocene, and the Collapse of Form
    40. Jens Andermann


    41. Urban and Environmental Scales of Belonging in the Digital Age
    42. Bruno Carvalho


    43. Natural Borders and Animal Life: Inhabiting Guantánamo
    44. Esther Whitfield


    45. Art and Debt in the Oldest Colony: Creative Resistance in Contemporary Puerto Rican Culture
    46. Charlotte Rogers


      Part III

      A Bigger Toolbox: Thinking Patterns and Contemporary Interrogations

    47. Being River: Ambient Poetics and Somatic Experiences of More-than-Human Flows
    48. Lisa Blackmore


    49. Ecocriticism
    50. Gisela Heffes


    51. Energy Aesthetics: Sandú Darié’s Film Petróleo cubano
    52. Rachel Price


    53. The Afterlives of Biopolitics
    54. Gabriel Giorgi


    55. Infrastructure Studies and Literature in Latin America and the Caribbean
    56. Nicole Fadellin


    57. Afrofuturismo: Aesthetics and Interpretation
    58. Persephone Braham


    59. Birthing Ourselves: Black Womanhood and Epistemological Marronage in Latin American and Caribbean Literatures
    60. Odette Casamayor-Cisneros


    61. A Horizontal Hospitality
    62. Guillermina De Ferrari


    63. Queer and Trans Critique in the Caribbean and Latin America
    64. Lawrence La Fountain-Stokes


    65. The Affective Turn According to Latin America, and Vice-Versa
    66. Cecilia Macón


    67. Sound Studies and Literature in Latin America
    68. Anke Birkenmeier


    69. Imagining and Undoing Masculinity in Jorge Luis Borges’s Poetry and Prose Fiction
    70. Idelber Avelar


    71. The Global South, Resistance, and the Anthropocene: A Long Walk in the Great Night
    72. Luís Madureira


    73. Él no es: Infrapolitics and the Experience of Tragedy
    74. Gareth Williams


      Part IV

      Beyond the Book: Unbound Objects and Unfettered Critical Practices

    75. Distorting Latinamericanism
    76. Erin Graff Zivin


    77. Sensationalism
    78. Sergio Delgado Moya


    79. Nature and Labor in Literary Form
    80. Héctor Hoyos


    81. Cartonera Publishers: Of Cardboard Boxes and Cultural Capital
    82. Paloma Celis Carbajal


    83. Institutions: Prizes, Presses, and Book Fairs
    84. Gesine Müller


    85. Material Technologies in Print: Posters and Clippings in Latin American Magazines from the First Half of the Twentieth Century
    86. Antonia Viu

    87. Tracking Dance in Latin American Literature
    88. Michelle Clayton


    89. New Forms of Musical Belonging in Contemporary Brazil
    90. Falina Enríquez


    91. Critical Performances: The Scream, the Green Tide, and the Spider as Embodied Feminist Articulations
    92. Marcela A. Fuentes


    93. Exteriority, Extension, Expansion: Photography and Theatricality in Chilean Arts
    94. Natalia Brizuela


    95. Media Archaeology and e-Literature
    96. Phillip Penix-Tadsen


    97. Experimental Literary Forms in the Digital Age: Sampling Quantum Poetics, Hypermedia Narratives, and Robopoetic Hacking

    Scott Weintraub



    Guillermina De Ferrari is Halls-Bascom Professor of Caribbean Literatures and Visual Cultures at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is a 2020 Guggenheim Fellow and has published extensively on Caribbean Literatures and Visual Cultures. She is the author of Vulnerable States: Bodies of Memory in Contemporary Caribbean Fiction (2007), Community and Culture in Post-Soviet Cuba (2014), and Apertura: Photography in Cuba Today (2015). She is coeditor of the Routledge series Literature and Contemporary Thought.

    Mariano Siskind is Professor of Romance Languages and Literatures and Comparative Literature at Harvard University. He is the author of Cosmopolitan Desires: Global Modernity and World Literature in Latin America (2014), Rumo a um cosmopolitismo da perda. Ensaio sobre o fim do mundo (2020) and The Modernist Songbook. Standards y variaciones sobre formas muertas (2021). He has edited Homi Bhabha's Nuevas minorías, nuevos derechos (2013) and has coedited with Sylvia Molloy Poéticas de la distancia. Adentro y afuera de la literatura argentina (2006); with Gesine Müller, World Literature, Cosmopolitanism, Globality: Beyond, Against, Post, Otherwise (2019). In 2022 he will publish the collection of essays Dislocaciones y fin de eso que ya no es mundo, and is working on another one, tentatively titled About the End of the World: The Demise of Cosmopolitanism in Contemporary Culture.