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Intersected Identities: Strategies of Visualisation in 19th and 20th Century Mexican Culture

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Intersected Identities

Strategies of Visualisation in 19th and 20th Century Mexican Culture

Erica Segre

304 pages, 106 illus., bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-84545-291-9 $135.00/£99.00 / Hb / Published (May 2007)

eISBN 978-1-80073-510-1 eBook

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"This is an excellent piece of scholarship. The author has clearly devoted herself to a sustained reflection on a very substantial visual archive of Mexican culture, and in so doing, she has generated virtuosic interpretations of many visual artifacts, some canonical, others less well-known."  ·  Bulletin of Latin American Research

"…an outstanding contribution to the growing documented history of visual representations and technologies in Mexico.”  ·  Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Anthropology

“…this is provocative book that will be referred to for years to come.”  ·  The Americas

“…[a] fascinating scholarly work, whose greatest merit is to provide a model for extensive subsequent scholarship…[that] belongs to the core bibliography of outstanding Mexican cultural studies.”  ·  Bulletin of Spanish Studies


There has always been an important visual element to the construction and questioning of national identity in post-Independence Mexico, though one that has not always been given its due, outside of the celebrated and much-studied muralists. Ranging from the early nineteenth century to the present – from the vogue for the picturesque, illustrated periodicals and the influential writings of Altamirano to a wealth of twentieth-century graphic artists, filmmakers and photographers – this book re-examines the complex variety of ways in which that visual element has operated. In particular, it looks at the ways in which discourses concerning ethnicity and cultural hybridity have been echoed and transformed in Mexican visual culture, resulting in fields of visual discourse which are eclectic and increasingly self-reflexive.

Erica Segre has published and lectured extensively on Mexican visual culture and is Newton Trust Lecturer in Hispanic Studies in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, University of Cambridge, Fellow of Trinity College and Affiliated Lecturer at the Centre of Latin American Studies.

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


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