Dance and the Arts in Mexico, 1920-1950: The Cosmic Generation

Dance and the Arts in Mexico, 1920-1950: The Cosmic Generation

by Ellie Guerrero

Hardcover(1st ed. 2018)

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Dance and the Arts in Mexico, 1920–1950 tells the story of the arts explosion that launched at the end of the Mexican revolution, when composers, choreographers, and muralists had produced state-sponsored works in wide public spaces. The book assesses how the “cosmic generation” in Mexico connected the nation-body and the dancer’s body in artistic movements between 1920 and 1950. It first discusses the role of dance in particular, the convergences of composers and visual artists in dance productions, and the allegorical relationship between the dancer's body and the nation-body in state-sponsored performances. The arts were of critical import in times of political and social transition, and the dynamic between the dancer’s body and the national body shifted as the government stance had also shifted. Second, this book examines more deeply the involvement of US artists and patrons in this Mexican arts movement during the period. Given the power imbalance between north and south, these exchanges were vexed. Still, the results for both parties were invaluable. Ultimately, this book argues in favor of the benefits that artists on both sides of the border received from these exchanges.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9783319924731
Publisher: Springer International Publishing
Publication date: 07/19/2018
Edition description: 1st ed. 2018
Pages: 210
Product dimensions: 5.83(w) x 8.27(h) x (d)

About the Author

Ellie Guerrero is Professor of Spanish and Latin American Studies and Chair of the Department of Spanish at Bucknell University in Pennsylvania, USA. She is author of Confronting History and Modernity in Mexican Narrative (Palgrave, 2008) and co-editor of Unfolding the City: Women Write the City in Latin America (2007).

Table of Contents

1. 1920s: The Nation Body
2. 1930s: The Techno-Body
3. 1940s: The Falling Body
4. 1950s: The Hybrid Body

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“This is a solid contribution to the academic field of postrevolutionary culture and art in Mexico. Recently, there has been an explosion of interest in the decades following the end of the Mexican Revolution—scholars have focused on cultural forms in order to emphasize how the postrevolutionary project transformed, and was transformed by, a wide range of artistic and cultural initiatives. This well-researched book rethinks the postrevolutionary canon by using new theoretical tools and incorporating little-known cultural processes.” (Jorge Quintana-Navarrete, Assistant Professor of Latin American Studies, Dartmouth College, USA)

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