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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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Afterword A Malefic Return?


Un anillo de miedo estaba cerrándose sobre la ciudad como un sueño extraño que no cesaba y que no conducía a ningún despertar. […] Y en la calle era posible ver cómo una mano se cerraba, cómo sobrevenía un parpadeo, cómo se deslizaban los pies, con un silencio espeso, buscando una salida, pero salidas no había: solamente había una puerta enorme y abierta sobre los reinos del miedo.1 — David Huerta, ‘Nueve años después’ (1977) The controversial and contested outcome of the 2012 Presidential election witnessed the return of the PRI to power, albeit with a reduced mandate, under President Elect Enrique Peña Nieto after an interim of just over a decade that interrupted the party’s seventy-one-year rule. This return of an apparently revitalized political institution in the aftermath of the Centenary celebrations af fords a complex tale of mirages, myths and con- fabulations writ large across a media network subject to patronage and 1 David Huerta, ‘Nine years later’. (A ring of fear was closing in on the city/like a strange unending dream that lead to no awakening./ […] And in the street it was possible to see how a hand closed,/how blinking struck, how feet slithered, with/a thick silence/looking for a way out,/but there were no exits: there was only/an enormous door open onto the domains of fear.): Antología del Festival Internacional de Poesía de la Ciudad de México, Homero and Betty...

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