Building Nineteenth-Century Latin America: Re-Rooted by William G. Acree Jr.

By William G. Acree Jr.

How did tradition and id take root because the new international locations and kingdom associations have been being shaped throughout Latin the US after the wars of independence? those unique essays tease out the ability of print and visible cultures, study the effect of carnival, delve into faith and conflict, and examine the advanced histories of gender identities and affliction.

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Nevertheless, it is highly productive to reexamine and rethink the visual representations that circulated with these currencies, for they allow us to observe how the state negotiates—and the use of this verb is not innocent—national imaginaries beyond the realm of literature or the periodical press. But perhaps this reexamination should not be limited to the images displayed in paintings or on coins, stamps, and bills. Among the other components to study are the politics that oriented the construction of monuments for the centenary celebrations that took place across Latin America during the first decades of the twentieth century—a task for another occasion.

45 By buying into the public library, they took out stock in the new revolutionary culture of print that was advertised on a daily basis in the Gazeta de Buenos Aires and other patriot papers. In this sense, the library was a symbol of the May revolution and of the emergence of a new form of communication. It represented the effort to stake a claim on intellectual independence—a metaphorical imperative to accompany the political independence sought by patriots. 46 After multiple changes to the date for opening the library, things were finally ready in March 1812.

Yet these sporty and flashy images are not the only ones that challenge nineteenth-century imaginaries or the ones officially promoted throughout the twentieth century. Today there are other bodies and bodies of the Other that destabilize as well the representation of the body of the patria established at the end of the nineteenth century. In several Latin American countries, the “absent body” of the disappeared and their children—presented in movies, photographs, monuments, painting installations, protests, stories, and other discourses—became a central figure in the public sphere at the end of the twentieth century, highlighting that the renewal of the dream nation contains a corporal void that is a sign of the violence done to the nation still in formation.

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