Encounters of Formation in the Latin American and Hispanic/Latino Bildungsroman
Chapter One: Introduction
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Development is an essential presence in the cultural discussion about Latin American modernity. The validity of development is very alive in the words and practices of Latin American politicians, technicians, and military administration since the end of the Second World War. An explanation of its presence is that the narrative of development is often considered a natural process of becoming a modern and mature nation rather than a cultural construction and a colonial representation; it is a component of the identity of the nations. In this sense, although there is no identical process for each nation, it is reasonable to argue that the narrative of development permeates a similar narrative, that of education, formation, or Bildungsroman which precisely connects—with more or less clarity—individual developments with national projects. Although social sciences have considered the ideological and practical effects of development, few approaches examine the relationships with Latin American literature, particularly the Hispanic/Latino narrative. Among them, Luis Cárcamo-Huechante and Gregory Schelonka establish two analyses where economics, development, culture, and literature are presented as elements of a discursive configuration that has defined Chilean and Mexican contemporary narratives in the context of modern national projects, as it is examined later.
← 1 | 2 → My study addresses the cultural discussion of development as a narrative that affects Latin American and Hispanic/Latino Bildungsroman and similar narratives of formation. The stories portray not only young characters’ apprenticeships but also the construction of national identities and the future of nations in an orderly sequence...
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