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Images of Power: Iconography, Culture and the State in Latin America

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Images of Power

Iconography, Culture and the State in Latin America

Edited by Jens Andermann and William Rowe

320 pages, 68 illus., bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-57181-533-0 $135.00/£99.00 Hb Published (December 2004)

ISBN  978-1-84545-212-4 $34.95/£27.95 Pb Published (September 2006)

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"Such a brief overview cannot do the essays in this collection justice. Amply illustrated and nicely organised, the collected essays represent some of the most innovative work being done in the field of visual culture in Latin America. Of particular value is the range of theoretical interests and perspectives brought to bear on visual culture by the contributors. This is theoretical and disciplinary eclecticism at its best. Each essay is refreshing and original and there is little redundancy despite the length of the book…For scholars working on visual culture, the state and cultural history, this is an essential volume." -Journal of Latin American Studies


In Latin America, where even today writing has remained a restricted form of expression, the task of generating consent and imposing the emergent nation-state as the exclusive form of the political, was largely conferred to the image. Furthermore, at the moment of its historical demise, the new, 'postmodern' forms of sovereignty appear to rely even more heavily on visual discourses of power. However, a critique of the iconography of the modern state-form has been missing. This volume is the first concerted attempt by cultural, historical and visual scholars to address the political dimension of visual culture in Latin America, in a comparative perspective spanning various regions and historical stages. The case studies are divided into four sections, analysing the formation of a public sphere, the visual politics of avant-garde art, the impact of mass society on political iconography, and the consolidation and crisis of territory as a key icon of the state.

Jens Andermann is a Lecturer in Latin American Studies at Birkbeck College, London, and co-editor of the Journal of Latin American Cultural Studies. Among his publications are Mapas de poder: una arqueología literaria del espacio argentino (Rosario, 2000) and articles for major journals in Argentina, Brazil, Europe and the US.

William Rowe is Anniversary Professor of Poetics at Birkbeck College, London. His book Memory and Modernity: Popular Culture in Latin America (London, 1991) has been translated into several languages. His most recent works, apart from translations of a wide range of Latin American poetry, are Poets of Contemporary Latin America: History and the Inner Life (Oxford, 2000) and Ensayos vallejianos (Berkeley and Lima, 2006).

Subject: Cultural Studies (General) History (General) Media Studies
Area: Latin America and the Caribbean


List of Illustrations

Introduction: The Power of Images
Jens Andermann and William Rowe


Chapter 1. From Royal Subject to Citizen: the Territory of the Body in Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century Mexican Visual Practices
Magali M. Carrera

Chapter 2. The Mexican Codices and the Visual Language of Revolution
Gordon Brotherston

Chapter 3. Subversive Needlework: Gender, Class and History at Venezuela´s National Exhibition, 1883
Beatriz González Stephan (transl. Heike Vogt)

Chapter 4. Material Memories: Tradition and Amnesia in two Argentine Museums
Alvaro Fernández Bravo


Chapter 5. Exoticism, Alterity and the Ecuadorean Elite: The Work of Camilo Egas
Trinidad Pérez (transl. Philip Derbyshire)

Chapter 6. Primitivist Iconographies: Tango and Samba, Images of the Nation
Florencia Garramuño

Chapter 7. ‘Argentina in the World’: Internationalist Nationalism in the Art of the 1960s
Andrea Giunta (transl. Emma Thomas)


Chapter 8. ‘Cold as the Stone of which it Must be Made’: Caboclos, Monuments and the Memory of Independence in Bahia, Brazil, 1870–1900
Hendrik Kraay

Chapter 9. Photography, Memory, Disavowal: the Casasola Archive
Andrea Noble

Chapter 10. Mass and Multitude: Bastardised Iconographies of the Modern Order
Graciela Montaldo


Chapter 11. Marconi and other Artifices: Long-range Technology and the Conquest of the Desert 
Claudio Canaparo (transl. Peter Cooke)

Chapter 12. Desert Dreams: Nomadic Tourists and Cultural Discontent
Gabriela Nouzeilles (transl. Jens Andermann)

Chapter 13. Why the Virgin of Zapopan went to Los Angeles: Reflections on Mobility and Globality
Mary Louise Pratt

Notes on Contributors

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