The Cambridge companion to modern Latin American culture /

Corporate Author: Cambridge collections online.
Other Authors: King, John, 1950-
Format: Online Book
Language: English
Published: Cambridge, UK ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2004.
Series: Cambridge companions to culture.
Online Access: Online version
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In the wake of a series of companions dealing with the Southern American continent (most recently The Companion to Latin American Studies, ed. by Philip Swanson, CH, Jan'04) comes this interesting volume with its 13 discrete essays, interlocking and at times overlapping. All contributors are seasoned scholars: eight are from the UK, four from the US, and two from Canada. Following his brief introduction, King provides a well-organized discussion dealing with pre-Columbian and colonial Latin America, the history of Latin America since independence, Spanish American narrative (1810-1920, 1920-70, and since 1970), Brazilian narrative, poetry, popular culture, art and architecture, music, theater, and the Hispanic US. The four chapters on the well-trod areas of Latin American narrative have a tendency to repeat and catalog, but the essays on art, architecture, music, cinema, and US Hispanic culture are relatively fresh. Vivian Schelling's treatment of the whole concept of culture (popular, folkloric, mass) represents a valuable overall guide to the topic. The collection is rounded out by useful notes and further reading to each chapter, illustrations and maps, and a chronology of events to help the reader appreciate the complex phenomenon of Latin American culture. ^BSumming Up: Recommended. All collections; all levels. J. Walker Queen's University at Kingston

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