I have finally ordered Alberto’s book, and we will find out what I think of his story. In the meantime, I never read his whole schtick on Latin Americanism. Perhaps now I shall. It’s The Cultural Practice of Latin Americanism and it’s in three volumes, and it started in Dispositio. There’s an article I’m recycling but that appears there and it’s called “Transculturation and State Discourse” for short. It is about modernista intellectuals trying NOT to speak for the state, trying to separate themselves from the state.
Now, says the author, who appears to be one Marcus Embry, the neoliberal state only wants technocrats to “whisper in its ear,” not intellectuals who will make a stand (or alternately, serve as a bridge between the state and the people). So separating from the state, emulating these modernistas, may be a winning strategy as the 21st century opens, opines the author.
Now, I say I don’t know that I am interested in that piece any longer, I’m not sure why I had printed it out. But I should peruse the volume(s) it came out in, I missed this moment in US Hispanism and I have always been curious about it, what it included, what was said.