This co-edited volume explores the complex interactions between culture and politics in post-independence Paraguay, situating Paraguayan cultural, intellectual, and political history within the broader field of Latin American Studies.
The essays compiled in Exposing Paraguay focus on the different narratives and political processes that shaped a country decentered
from, but also deeply connected to, the rest of Latin America. Structured in four
thematic sections, the book reflects upon authoritarianism and 19th-century narratives
of war; the tensions between modern, indigenous, and popular artistic expressions;
the legacies of the Stroessner Regime (1954-1989) and the struggle for collective
memory in the post-dictatorship period; as well as the literary framing of historical
trauma, particularly in connection with the Roabastian notion of la realidad que delira [delirious reality]. Edited with Federico Pous (Elon University) and Marcelino Viera
(Michigan Tech University), the volume features contributions by some of the most
influential scholars in Paraguayan and Latin American Studies today.
“This volume fills a significant and longstanding gap in English-language scholarship on the cultural and political history of Paraguay. Comprising fourteen innovative scholarly contributions that offer insightful examinations of the historical relation between sovereignty, war and modernity in Paraguay, the book provides us with superb close readings of some of the most important innovations and historical tensions of the Paraguayan past and present.”
—Gareth Williams, Professor of Spanish, University of Michigan
“…. an ambitious and well-thought project that encompasses different disciplines and approaches to provide a profound as well as a global understanding of Paraguayan culture and society today. This book is an outstanding contribution to the field of Latin American Studies.”
—Leila Gómez, Associate Professor in Spanish and Comparative Literature, University of Colorado, Boulder
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