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(Con)Fusing Signs and Postmodern Positions: Spanish American by Robert Neustadt

By Robert Neustadt

First released in 1999. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa corporation.

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Obviously, “literature” did not topple the neo-fascist military regime in Chile. Nevertheless, Eltit’s critical performance creates a political opening, allowing for writers and artists (including herself) to express and perform political resistance in increasingly blatant defiance. ” Of course her multimedia mode of expression did not merely emerge spontaneously. Before beginning my analysis of Lumpérica, then, I first sketch the historical context in which Eltit develops her poetics of political performance.

My point is that postmodern consumer society, with its weightless high-speed information, can still be visualized as a kind of panoptic, self-disciplining cage. The confines of the cage may at times be virtual, but its structure remains essentially disciplinary. Consider, for example, an advertisement for Etcétera, an on-line weekly magazine from Mexico, dedicated to cultural and political analysis (see Figure 1-1). ” The obvious thrust of this (CON)FUSING APPROACHES TO A POSTMODERN POSITION 17 advertisement text is to seduce the reader to read Etcétera and to discover the pleasure (as Barthes might have said) of the virtual text.

The Spanish conquest of Latin America was a linguistic imposition and a military invasion. What the song does not consider is the internal linguistic colonialism in Latin America today—the fact that indigenous peoples who do not speak Spanish suffer a double discrimination. 2. ” 3. Areito had purportedly sold more than five million copies less than a year after its release. 4. ” Fernando Burgos presents Jodorowsky’s notion of teatro pánico as a paradigmatic example of postmodern sensibility (75–9).

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