Uncivil Wars: Elena Garro, Octavio Paz, and the Battle for Cultural Memory (Joe R. and Teresa Lozano Long Series in Latin American and L)

Uncivil Wars: Elena Garro, Octavio Paz, and the Battle for Cultural Memory (Joe R. and Teresa Lozano Long Series in Latin American and L)

Sandra Messinger Cypess


Runner-up, PROSE Award, Media and Cultural reports, 2013

The first English-language e-book to put the works of Elena Garro (1916–1998) and Octavio Paz (1914–1998) in discussion with one another, Uncivil Wars inspires the lives of 2 celebrated literary figures who wrote approximately a number of the related stories and contributed to the formation of Mexican nationwide identification yet have been judged fairly another way, essentially due to gender.

While Paz’s privileged, prize-winning legacy has continued around the world, Garro’s literary presents garnered no overseas prizes and got much less recognition in Latin American literary circles. Restoring a twin viewpoint on those dynamic writers and their global, Uncivil Wars chronicles a collective reminiscence of wars that formed Mexico, and in flip formed Garro and Paz, from the Conquest interval to the Mexican Revolution; the Spanish Civil struggle, which the couple witnessed whereas touring in another country; and the scholar bloodbath at Tlatelolco Plaza in 1968, which caused social and political adjustments and additional tensions within the conflict of the sexes. The cultural contexts of machismo and ethnicity supply an both wealthy floor for Sandra Cypess’s exploration of the tandem among the writers’ own lives and their literary construction. Uncivil Wars illuminates the complexities of Mexican society as obvious via a demanding marriage of 2 gifted, frequently oppositional writers. the result's an alternate interpretation of the myths and realities that experience formed Mexican id, and its literary soul, good into the twenty-first century.

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