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By María Mercedes Andrade

Ambivalent wants: Representations of Modernity and personal existence in Colombia (1890s-1950s) is a literary and cultural learn of the reception of modernity in Colombia. in contrast to past reviews of Latin American modernization, that have frequently inquisitive about the general public element of the method, this ebook discusses the intersection among modernity and the personal sphere. It analyzes canonical and non-canonical works that replicate the prevailing ambivalence towards the modernizing undertaking being carried out within the state on the time, and it discusses how the texts in query reinterpret, adapt, or even reject the ideology of modernity. the focal point of the learn is how the certainty of the connection among modernity and personal lifestyles pertains to the undertaking of creating a contemporary kingdom, and the discontinuities and contradictions that seem within the procedure. The query of what modernity is, its implications for lifestyle, and its desirability or undesirability as a brand new cultural paradigm have been vital concerns in Colombian texts from the tip of the 19th century during the first half the 20th. At stake used to be the definition of the nation's id and the undertaking of breaking clear of the cultural styles of the colonial previous. in view that the it seems that peaceable technique of modernization in Colombia was once interrupted within the Fifties by means of the eruption of political violence around the kingdom, this examine situates itself at the eve of a trouble and asks how representations of modernity in texts from the interval facts the social fragmentation which may have ended in it. The ebook starts with an research of the topic of the personal assortment within the paintings of JosZ Asunci-n Silva, and the way it's used to suggest a selected inspiration of private and cultural identification. It keeps with an research of the modernizing ideology of the preferred journal El GrOfico through the interval of financial prosperity of the Twenties referred to as the 'Dance of the Millions,' concentrating on the publication's ads and the part dedicated to ladies and the house. for that reason, the canonical writings of TomOs Rueda Vargas are analyzed within the context of the relation among autobiographical writing and public existence, emphasizing the contradiction among the author's public liberalism and his inner most conservatism, and highlighting his critique of contemporary existence. The works of formerly missed ladies writers Manuela Mallarino Isaacs, Juana SOnchez Lafaurie, and Fabiola Aguirre are studied within the context of women's dating to modernity and their clash among conventional roles that relegated them to the non-public sphere, and their wish to settle for sleek criteria. The publication concludes with an research of the novels of Ignacio G-mez DOvila, that have acquired scant recognition to this date, because it discusses his critique of the higher periods' flight into the personal and what the writer sees as their alienation from a society at the verge of a crisis.

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