Although primitivism has received renewed attention in recent years, studies linking it with Latin America have been rare. This volume examines primitivism and its implications for contemporary
debates on Latin American culture, literature, and arts, showing how Latin American subjects employ a Western construct to "return the gaze" of the outside world and redefine themselves in
relation to modernity.
Provides the reader with the strategy to perceive Latin American cultures in a new, complex, and modern light. . . . [a] scholarly and well-crafted collection.
Examining such subjects as Julio Cortázar and Frida Kahlo and such topics as folk art and cinema, the volume brings together for the first time the views of scholars
who are currently engaging the task of cultural studies from the standpoint of primitivism. These varied contributions include analyses of Latin American art in relation to social issues, popular
culture, and official cultural policy; essays in cultural criticism touching on ethnic identity, racial politics, women's issues, and conflictive modernity; and analytical studies of primitivism's
impact on narrative theory and practice, film, theater, and poetry.
This collection contributes offers a new perspective on a variety of significant debates in Latin American cultural studies
and shows that the term primitive does not apply to these cultures as much as to our understanding of them.
Paradise Subverted: The Invention of the Mexican Character / Roger
Between Sade and the Savage: Octavio Paz's Aztecs / Amaryll Chanady
Under the Shadow of God: Roots of Primitivism in Early Colonial Mexico / Delia Annunziata Cosentino
Of Alebrijes and
Ocumichos: Some Myths about Folk Art and Mexican Identity / Eli Bartra
Primitive Borders: Cultural Identity and Ethnic Cleansing in the Dominican Republic / Fernando
Dialectics of Archaism and Modernity: Technique and Primitivism in Angel Rama's Transculturación narrativa en América Latina / José Eduardo
Narrative Primitivism: Theory and Practice in Latin America / Erik Camayd-Freixas
Narrating the Other: Julio Cortázar's "Axolotl" as Ethnographic Allegory / R. Lane
Jungle Fever: Primitivism in Environmentalism; Rómulo Gallegos's Canaima and the Romance of the Jungle / Jorge Marcone
Primitivism and Cultural Production: Future's Memory; Native
Peoples' Voices in Latin American Society / Ivete Lara Camargos Walty
Primitive Bodies in Latin American Cinema: Nicolás Echevarría's Cabeza de Vaca / Luis Fernando Restrepo
Body: Shamanism, Ancient Theater, and Ethnodrama / Gabriel Weisz
Primitivist Construction of Identity in the Work of Frida Kahlo / Wendy B. Faris
Mi andina y dulce Rita: Women, Indigenism, and
the Avant-Garde in César Vallejo / Tace Megan Hedrick