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The Decline and Fall of the Lettered City

Latin America in the Cold War

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ISBN 9780674008427

Publication Date: 06/24/2002


352 pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

Convergences: Inventories of the Present


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In this impressive study, Franco…tracks the collapse of the belief in utopia among Latin American writers from the Cold War to neoliberalism… Franco raises crucial questions in her fascinating exploration of the decline and vestiges of the lettered city. Essential reading for Latin Americanists and anyone interested in modern intellectual life.—D.L. Heyck, Choice

Books that are so well crafted and so original that they make a difference in the evolution of a discipline do not come out often. This book by Franco, longtime literary and cultural observer of Latin America and professor emerita of Columbia University, is one such work… This book provides a unique understanding of both the literature and the politics of this important period in Latin American history.—Mark L. Grover, Library Journal

With seemingly effortless grace, Jean Franco teaches us to reread Latin America, showing the roots of ‘global’ cultural politics in the Cold War. The range is from hard politics to transvestite disidentifications; interspersed with lapidary textual reading and unfailingly innovative theoretical interventions.—Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, author of A Critique of Postcolonial Reason

Awards & Accolades

  • 2003 Bolton-Johnson Prize, Conference on Latin American History
  • Honorable Mention, 2002 Katherine Singer Kovács Prize, Modern Language Association

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