Fragments of a Golden Age: The Politics of Culture in Mexico Since 1940

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Gilbert M. Joseph, Anne Rubenstein, Eric Zolov
Duke University Press, Jun 29, 2001 - History - 507 pages
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During the twentieth century the Mexican government invested in the creation and promotion of a national culture more aggressively than any other state in the western hemisphere. Fragments of a Golden Age provides a comprehensive cultural history of the vibrant Mexico that emerged after 1940. Agreeing that the politics of culture and its production, dissemination, and reception constitute one of the keys to understanding this period of Mexican history, the volume’s contributors—historians, popular writers, anthropologists, artists, and cultural critics—weigh in on a wealth of topics from music, tourism, television, and sports to theatre, unions, art, and magazines.
Each essay in its own way addresses the fragmentation of a cultural consensus that prevailed during the “golden age” of post–revolutionary prosperity, a time when the state was still successfully bolstering its power with narratives of modernization and shared community. Combining detailed case studies—both urban and rural—with larger discussions of political, economic, and cultural phenomena, the contributors take on such topics as the golden age of Mexican cinema, the death of Pedro Infante as a political spectacle, the 1951 “caravan of hunger,” professional wrestling, rock music, and soap operas.
Fragments of a Golden Age will fill a particular gap for students of modern Mexico, Latin American studies, cultural studies, political economy, and twentieth century history, as well as to others concerned with rethinking the cultural dimensions of nationalism, imperialism, and modernization.

Contributors. Steven J. Bachelor, Quetzil E. Castańeda, Seth Fein, Alison Greene, Omar Hernández, Jis & Trino, Gilbert M. Joseph, Heather Levi, Rubén Martínez, Emile McAnany, John Mraz, Jeffrey M. Pilcher, Elena Poniatowska, Anne Rubenstein, Alex Saragoza, Arthur Schmidt, Mary Kay Vaughan, Eric Zolov

 

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Contents

Writing a Cultural History of Mexico Since 1940
3
Making It Real Compared to What? Reconceptualizing Mexican History Since 1940
23
Traditional Cooking Mass Consumption and National Identity
71
Tourism and the State 19291952
91
The Golden Age of Illustrated Magazines in Mexico 19371960
116
Myths of Cultural Imperialism and Nationalism in Golden Age Mexican Cinema
159
Pedro Infantes Death as Political Spectacle
199
The Renarrativizing of Postrevolutionary Mexico
234
The Adventures of Lucha Libre on the Small Screen
330
Corazon del Rocanrol
373
A Look at Mexican Television
389
Performing Modernity and Mexicanidad in the Early 1990s
415
The Aura of Ruins
452
Transnational Processes and the Rise and Fall of the Mexican Cultural State Notes from the Past Mary Kay Vaughan
471
Contributors
488
Index
492

Autoworkers Transnational Corporations and WorkingClass Culture in Mexico City 19551968
273
El Santos and the Return of the Killer Aztecs
327

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About the author (2001)

Gilbert M. Joseph is Farnam Professor of History at Yale University and the coeditor of Everyday Forms of State Formation: Revolution and the Negotiation of Rule in Modern Mexico and Close Encounters of Empire: Writing the Cultural History of U.S.-Latin American Relations, both published by Duke University Press.

Anne Rubenstein is Associate Professor of History, York University, Toronto and author of Bad Language, Naked Ladies, and Other Threats to the Nation, also published by Duke University Press.

Eric Zolov is Associate Professor of History at the State University of New York, Stony Brook and the author of Refried Elvis: the Rise of the Mexican Counterculture and coeditor of Latin America and the United States: A Documentary History.

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