Negotiating Space in Latin America


Volume Editor: Patricia Vilches
Winner of the 2020 “Outstanding Academic Title” Award, created by Choice Magazine.

In Negotiating Space in Latin America, edited by Patricia Vilches, contributors approach spatial practices from multidisciplinary angles. Drawing on cultural studies, film studies, gender studies, geography, history, literary studies, sociology, tourism, and current events, the volume advances innovative conceptualizations on spatiality and treats subjects that range from nineteenth century-nation formation to twenty-first century social movements.
Latin America has endured multiple spatial transformations, which contributors analyze from the perspective of the urban, the rural, the market, and the political body. The essays collected here signal how spatial processes constantly shape societal interactions and illuminate the complex relationships between humans and space, emphasizing the role of spatiality in our actions and perceptions.

Contributors: Gail A. Bulman, Ana María Burdach Rudloff, James Craine, Angela N. DeLutis-Eichenberger, Carolina Di Próspero, Gustavo Fares, Jennifer Hayward, Silvia Hirsch, Edward Jackiewicz, Magdalena Maiz-Peña, Lucía Melgar, Silvia Nagy-Zekmi, Luis H. Peña, Jorge Saavedra Utman, Rosa Tapia, Juan de Dios Torralbo Caballero, Tera Trujillo, Patricia Vilches, and Gareth Wood.

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Patricia Vilches, Ph.D., University of Chicago, is Professor of Spanish and Italian and Scholar in Residence at Harlaxton College. She researches Latin American cultural history and has recently edited Mapping Violeta Parra’s Cultural Landscapes (2018).
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Part 1

Dis/locating Space in Latin America
Patricia Vilches

Part 2
Reclaiming Space

1 Occupying Space and Time: Enabling Communicative Ecologies for Democracy
Jorge Saavedra Utman
2 Reclaiming the Streets: Feminicidio and the Space of Women’s Rights in Mexico
Lucía Melgar
3 Urban Renewal and Emerging Spaces for Art and Identity: the Development of Murals in San Martín, Argentina
Silvia Hirsch and Carolina Di Próspero
4 Framed: Barrio Yungay and Chilean Immigrants Take Center Stage in Fulgor
Gail A. Bulman

Part 3
Travels, Spatial Practices and the Market
5 Temporal and Geographical Markers of Civilization in Patricio Guzmán’s El botón de nácar
Gareth Wood
6 The Commodification of History and the Spectacle of Tourism
Silvia Nagy-Zekmi
7 Differentiated Market Spaces of Lifestyle Migration: a View from Belize
Edward Jackiewicz, James Craine and Tera Trujillo
8 Politicization of Space/Spatialization of Politics in Domingo F. Sarmiento’s Argirópolis
Gustavo Fares
9 The Star of Chile: Modernity and National Identity in the Contact Zone
Ana María Burdach Rudloff and Jennifer Hayward
10 Social Space in Fanny Calderón de la Barca’s Life in Mexico
Juan de Dios Torralbo Caballero

Part 4
Space and the Body Politic

11 The Body and Incorporeal Signifier of ‘Andrés Bello’, and the 2011 Chilean Student Movement
Angela N. DeLutis-Eichenberger
12 Staging Modernity: Reports on the Murder of Delmira Agustini, Cursed Celebrity
Magdalena Maiz-Peña and Luis H. Peña
13 Affect, Spectacle, and Horror in Pablo Larraín’s Post Mortem (2010)
Rosa Tapia
14 La Moneda in Ruins: the Palace Tomb and Epitaph of Salvador Allende
Patricia Vilches

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Specialized readers on spatial practices, urban and/or rural social movements in Latin America as well as a general audience interested in social processes in nineteenth-century and present-day Latin America.