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Ghosts of the Revolution in Mexican Literature and Visual Culture

Revisitations in Modern and Contemporary Creative Media

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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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BFI British Film Institute CENIDIAP Centro Nacional de Investigación, Documentación e Información de Artes Plásticas Comintern Communist International or Third International CONACULTA Comisión Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes CROM Confederación Regional Obrera Mexicana CTM Confederación de Trabajadores de México ESCALA University of Essex Collection of Latin American Art EZLN Ejército Zapatista de Liberación Nacional FCE Fondo de Cultura Económica FIDECINE Fondo de Inversión y Estímulos al Cine FONCA Fondo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes FSA Farm Security Administration IAI Ibero-Amerikanisches Institut IIE Instituto de Investigaciones Estéticas INAH Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia INBA Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes LEAR Liga de Escritores y Artistas Revolucionarios MACG Museo de Arte Contemporáneo Carillo Gil MAM Museo de Arte Moderno MUAC Museo Universitario Arte Contemporáneo MUNAL Museo Nacional de Arte xiv Abbreviations NAFTA North American Free Trade Agreement PAN Partido Acción Nacional PCM Partido Comunista Mexicano PRI Partido Revolucionario Institucional SEMEFO Servicio Médico Forense SEP Secretaría de Educación Pública TGP Taller de Gráfica Popular UAM Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana UNAM Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México

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