Global South Modernities: Modernist Literature and the Avant-Garde in Latin America examines the seminal influence that Latin American writers had on the style, subject matter, and ideology of literature in the Global South from 1900 to the late 1930s. Gorica Majstorovic challenges the historical and racial logic of interwar Latin American literary studies by introducing the solidarity relations between the global decolonial movements and placing anti-imperialism, Blackness, and indigeneity at the center of decolonial analysis. Following Mignolo, de Sousa Santos, and Cheah, the texts under analysis subvert the processes of European colonial worlding and show modernity itself as pluralized. Drawing on these works, Majstorovic bridges the gap between aesthetics and politics while shifting the focus onto the Latin American transnational modernist networks and situating the analysis within the theoretical frameworks of the Global South. While examining the idea of globality through its different conceptualizations (cosmopolitanism, immigration, and travel), Majstorovic analyzes avant-garde magazines of the 1920s, Mexican petrofiction, urban proletarian, and decolonial travel narratives of the 1930s, calling into question modernism’s usual framing as an Anglo-American interwar phenomenon. Majstorovic constructs a new genealogy of Latin American literature by examining the asymmetrical relations within its multiple modernities and offers a new understanding of Latin American interwar literature through the lens of the Global South.
Gorica Majstorovic is professor of Spanish and coordinator of Latin American and Caribbean studies at Stockton University.
Chapter 1 Avant-Garde and Mexican Petrofiction
Chapter 2 Decolonial Modernism: Amauta, Boletín Titikaka, and Zenit
Chapter 3 Cinematic Montage in Baldomera and Los siete locos
Chapter 4 Unsettling Travel Narrative: Darío, Henríquez Ureña, Güiraldes, and Arlt
Chapter 5 Improbable Cosmopolitanism and the Global South
About the Author
This volume explores avant-garde literature in Latin America in the fertile period between the two world wars. What makes the book valuable is the displacement of its focus: whereas previous studies saw the various Latin American avant-gardes exclusively as outgrowths of European movements, Majstorovic offers a Global South perspective, one of multiple networks of solidarity and artistic and political engagement, and she clarifies the area’s contribution to the establishment of that Global South. Recommended.
This highly innovative contribution to the field presents a timely re-evaluation of the Latin American modernist and avant-garde literature of the inter-war period through an anti-imperialist lens, drawing on a range of conceptual frameworks from both postcolonial and decolonial critical traditions.