1st Edition

The Routledge Hispanic Studies Companion to Nineteenth-Century Latin America

Edited By Agnes Lugo-Ortiz, Graciela Montaldo Copyright 2025
    496 Pages 68 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    The Routledge Hispanic Studies Companion to Nineteenth-Century Latin America provides a unique, comprehensive, and critical overview of Latin American studies in the nineteenth century, including the major regions and subfield.


    The essays in this collection offer a complex, yet accessible transdisciplinary overview of the heterogeneous and asynchronous historical, political, and cultural processes that account for the becoming of Latin America in the nineteenth century—from Mexico and the Caribbean Basin to the Southern Cone. The thematic division of the book into six parts allows for a better understanding of the ways in which different themes are interrelated and affords readers the opportunity to draw their own connections among subfields. The volume assembles a robust sample of recent and innovative scholarship on the subject, reformulating from fresh perspectives commonly held views on the issues that characterized the era. Additionally, it provides an overarching analysis of the field and introduces cutting-edge concepts all within one expansive volume, opening the dialogue about topics that share common denominators and modelling how those topics can be approached from a variety of perspectives.


    The innovative volume will be of interest to students and scholars of Latin American studies and Spanish studies. Readers unfamiliar with the period will acquire a comprehensive view of its complexities while specialists will discover new interpretations and archives. 


    On Nineteenth-Century Latin America: Coordinates for a Companion

    Agnes Lugo-Ortiz and Graciela Montaldo


    Part 1. The Invention of Latin America in the Nineteenth Century


    1.     The Idea of Latin America in the Nineteenth Century

    Michel Gobat


    Part 2. Sovereignties in Dispute


    2.     The Haitian Revolution and Independence in Latin America

    Andrew Walker

    3.     Cultural and Political Debates on Independence and Sovereignty in the Early Nineteenth Century

    Javier Uriarte

    4.     Frontier Crossroads: US Expansionist Wars, Territorial Anxieties, and Nineteenth-Century Latin America

    Silvia Álvarez-Curbelo

    5.     Sovereignty, Finances, and the Novel

    Richard Rosa

    6.     The Body of the Nation: Images of Sovereignty in Times of War in Nineteenth-Century Brazil

    Lilia K. Moritz Schwarcz and Lúcia Klück Stumpf



    Part 3. Wars, Violence, Social Strife 


    7.     Caudillismo: Definitions, Histories, Representations

    Jennifer L. French

    8.     Caudillismo and Banditry

    Juan Pablo Dabove

    9.     Engendering War Writing in Nineteenth-Century Latin America

    Vanesa Miseres

    10.  Radical Genealogies: The Beginnings of Anarchism in Nineteenth-Century Latin America, 1860-1890

    Jorell A. Meléndez-Badillo


    Part 4. Re-Drawing Territories


    11.  Tropical Seas: Scenes of the Caribbean in Nineteenth-Century Travel Narratives

    Gina Saraceni

    12.  Transpacific Relations and Chinese Labor in the Americas

    Ana Paulina Lee

    13.  Hemispheric Literary Networks and José Martí’s Charleston Earthquake

    Anna Brickhouse

    14.  Civic Festivals, Popular Spectacles, and the Art of Drawing Republics

    Brendan Lanctot


    Part 5. Bodies and Citizenship


    15.  Citizenships and Cultural Politics

    William Acree

    16.  Citizenship, Visual Culture, “Costumbrismo”

    Felipe Martínez-Pinzón

    17.  Tuning the Indian: Creole Discourse, Citizenship, and Aurality in (Post)colonial Latin America

    Carlos Abreu Mendoza

    18.  Slavery, Emancipation, and the History of Racial Silence in the Americas

    Samantha Payne

    19.  Fictions of Jewishness

    Stephen Silverstein

    20.  Obscenity, Obscene Humor, Syphilis, and Popular Music in Turn-of-the-Century Spanish America: A Case Study

    Juan Carlos González Espitia

    21.  Necropolitics of Affect: Sentimentality, Race, and Gender in Nineteenth-Century Peru

    Ana Peluffo


    Part 6. Knowledges


    22.  Science, (Not-)Knowing, and Periodical Cultures

    María del Pilar Blanco

    23.  Work and the Intellectual: From Simón Rodríguez (1769-1854) to Clorinda Matto de Turner (1852-1909)

    Ronald Briggs

    24.  Literary Crimes: Turn-of-the-Century Authorship

    Nathalie Bouzaglo

    25.  Thinking through Performance Practices in Nineteenth-Century Latin America

    Sarah J. Townsend

    26.  Museums and Archives: Symbolic Extractivism, Nationhood, and Secularization

    Álvaro Fernández Bravo

    27.   Art Makers and the Making of Art: Latin America, ca. 1780-1880

    Natalia Majluf


    Agnes Lugo-Ortiz is Associate Professor of Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian Studies at the University of Chicago in Chicago, Illinois, USA, where she also co-coordinates the Working Group on Slavery and Visual Culture. Her publications include Identidades imaginadas: biografía y nacionalidad en el horizonte de la guerra (Cuba 1860-1898) and the collection Slave Portraiture in the Atlantic World (co-edited with Angela Rosenthal).


    Graciela Montaldo is a professor at Columbia University in the City of New York, USA. Her research explores Latin American cultural history, focusing on the production and circulation of cultural practices as they intersect with politics. She is the author of Museum of Consumption. Archives of Mass Culture in Argentina (2021), and co-editor of The Argentina Reader. History. Culture. Politics, among other publications.