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Beyond Human: Vital Materialisms in the Andean Avant-Gardes by Tara Daly (review)

Beyond Human: Vital Materialisms in the Andean Avant-Gardes by Tara Daly (review) Reviews da ly , t ar a. Beyond Human: Vital Materialisms in the Andean Avant- Gardes. Bucknell UP, 2019, 238 pp. ´ ´ In one of the opening scenes of Deep Rivers (1958 ) by Jose Marıa Arguedas, the protagonist Ernesto describes the burning feeling he experiences on his palms when he touches the Incan walls, ancient blocks of stone that line one of the narrow alleys surrounding the Plaza Mayor in Cuzco. Ernesto recalls a Quechua song that reminds him of the living nature of stones and all material things, which are seemingly alive beneath their solid appearance. In Beyond Human: Vital Mate- rialism in the Andean Avant-Gardes, Tara Daly recounts this episode to argue that a vital materialist philosophy informs the life and work of several Andean authors and artists, reorienting their relationship to different types of materials. By way of an avant-garde aesthetic orientation toward materiality, the author proposes that writers like Arguedas and Magda Portal challenge traditional ways of organizing life and relating to material culture by engaging with matter and the natural envi- ronment in more open, fluid, and nonbinary ways. In line with a postanthropo- cene theoretical turn that shifts from a human-centered http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Hispanic Review University of Pennsylvania Press

Beyond Human: Vital Materialisms in the Andean Avant-Gardes by Tara Daly (review)

Hispanic Review , Volume 88 (2) – May 6, 2020

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Reviews da ly , t ar a. Beyond Human: Vital Materialisms in the Andean Avant- Gardes. Bucknell UP, 2019, 238 pp. ´ ´ In one of the opening scenes of Deep Rivers (1958 ) by Jose Marıa Arguedas, the protagonist Ernesto describes the burning feeling he experiences on his palms when he touches the Incan walls, ancient blocks of stone that line one of the narrow alleys surrounding the Plaza Mayor in Cuzco. Ernesto recalls a Quechua song that reminds him of the living nature of stones and all material things, which are seemingly alive beneath their solid appearance. In Beyond Human: Vital Mate- rialism in the Andean Avant-Gardes, Tara Daly recounts this episode to argue that a vital materialist philosophy informs the life and work of several Andean authors and artists, reorienting their relationship to different types of materials. By way of an avant-garde aesthetic orientation toward materiality, the author proposes that writers like Arguedas and Magda Portal challenge traditional ways of organizing life and relating to material culture by engaging with matter and the natural envi- ronment in more open, fluid, and nonbinary ways. In line with a postanthropo- cene theoretical turn that shifts from a human-centered

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Hispanic ReviewUniversity of Pennsylvania Press

Published: May 6, 2020

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