The Palgrave Encyclopedia of Urban Literary Studies

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Latin-American Urban Chroniclers

  • Claudia Darrigrandi
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-62592-8_31-1

The term Latin-American urban chroniclers describes writers whose literary journalism focuses on the city from a variety of perspectives. Originating in the final decades of the nineteenth century, the Latin-American urban chronicler played a crucial role in defining and articulating Spanish-American modernism. The concept encompasses chroniclers ranging from the end of the nineteenth to the twenty-first century. However, the forms of engaging with urban space, central themes, and aesthetic approaches vary between periods and chroniclers.

Modernist chroniclers, most of whom were also poets, made up the first generation of writers who lived in modern cities or cities that projected ideals of modernity through discourses of the incipient nation-state and its cultural agents. As a vast body of scholarly literature has shown, toward the end of the nineteenth century, many capitals and large cities in the young Latin-American republics began to undergo transformations by implementing...

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Claudia Darrigrandi
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  1. 1.Universidad Adolfo IbáñezSantiagoChile