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Aesthetic Rivalries in Avant-Garde Mexico: Art Writing and the Field of Cultural Production

  • Manuel Gutiérrez Silva
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Abstract

Debates between poets and artists in 1920s Mexico have recently received attention from literary critics, art historians and museum curators. However, these debates have yet to be theorized, mapped or understood comprehensively. In this chapter, forgoing traditional formalist approaches and drawing on Pierre Bourdieu’s sociological theories, I consider the significance of debates between poets, who became art writers, and painters in the immediate aftermath of the Mexican Revolution. Bourdieu’s critical tools, including his understanding of fields as sites of struggle, his insights into the perception and legitimation of art, and his ideas regarding symbolic violence and hysteresis are invaluable for comprehending the significant consequences of this rivalry among cultural producers in a country grappling with the reconstruction of its social and political institutions.

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  • Manuel Gutiérrez Silva
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  1. 1.Department of Spanish and PortugueseRice UniversityHoustonUSA

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