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Ghosts of the Revolution in Mexican Literature and Visual Culture

Revisitations in Modern and Contemporary Creative Media


Edited By Erica Segre

The official centenary commemorating the Mexican Revolution of 1910 provided scholars with an opportunity to consider memorialization and its legacies and ‘afterimages’ in the twentieth century through to the present time. This collection of new essays, commissioned from experts based in Mexico, Europe and the United States, plays on the interrelated notions of ‘revisitation’, haunting, residual traces and valediction to interrogate the Revolution’s multiple appearances, reckonings and reconfigurations in art, photography, film, narrative fiction, periodicals, travel-testimonies and poetry, examining key constituencies of creative media in Mexico that have been involved in historicizing, contesting or evading the mixed legacies of the Revolution. The interplay of themes, practices and contexts across the chapters (ranging from the 1920s through to the present day) draws on interdisciplinary thinking as well as new findings, framing the volume’s discourse with a deliberately multi-dimensional approach to an often homogenized topic. The contributors’ scholarly referencing of artists, novelists, poets, photographers, foreign correspondents, critics, filmmakers and curators is detailed and wide-ranging, creating new juxtapositions that include some rarely studied material.


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1.1 Nellie Campobello, Cartucho (Mexico City: Integrales Ediciones Revolucionarias, 1931). Cover attributed to either José Clemente Orozco or Leopoldo Méndez. 1.2 José de J. Nuñez y Dominguez, Música suave. Versos (Soft Music. Verse) (Mexico City: Librería Española, 1921). Cover by Roberto Montenegro. Private Collection. 1.3 Alfredo Zalce, Untitled (Horsemen), lithograph from Bernardo Ortiz de Montellano, Primero sueño (Mexico City: Contemporáneos, 1931). Private Collection. 1.4 Pompeyo Audivert, Simiente (Seed), print, Anthropos 2 (1947). Private Collection. 1.5 Leopoldo Méndez, Untitled (Emiliano Zapata and Mourners), woodcut print in C. Herrera Frimont, Corridos de la Revolución (Pachuca: Instituto Científico y Literario, 1934). Private Collection. 1.6 Julio Prieto, Aquella noche (That night), from Ilustraciones a la novela ‘Al filo de agua’ de Agustín Yañez (Mexico City: Beatriz de Silva, 1947). Private Collection. 2.1 Francisco Goitia, El ahorcado (1917). Museo de Arte Moderno, Mexico City. 2.2 José Guadalupe Posada, La calavera del Quijote (undated). Museo Nacional de la Estampa, Mexico City. 2.3 © Manuel Álvarez Bravo, Ruina (1940s). Courtesy of Colette Urbajtel. 2.4 © Manuel Álvarez Bravo, Calavera para estudiante (1927). Courtesy of Colette Urbajtel. 2.5 Roberto Montenegro, Desesperación (1949). Andrés Blaisten Collection, UNAM, Mexico City. 3.1 © Marco Ugarte, Subcomandante Marcos, photograph ( January 1994). x Illustrations 3.2 Diego Rivera, Paisaje zapatista: El guerrillero (1915). Museo Nacional de Arte, Mexico City, CONACULTA, INBA. 3.3 Alejandro Canales, Telcor mural (1985). Photograph by David Craven. 4.1 Anonymous, cover of inaugural issue of Ruta (March 1933). University of...

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