Review Essay: Writing Cities rebecca biron dartmouth college anke birkenmaier and esther whitfield, eds. Havana beyond the Ruins: Cultural Mappings after 1989. Durham: Duke UP, 2011. 344 pp. cecilia enjuto rangel. Cities in Ruins: The Politics of Modern Poetics. West Lafayette: Purdue UP, 2010. 320 pp. marcy schwartz. Invenciones urbanas: ficcion y ciudad latinoamericanas. Buenos ´ Aires: Corregidor, 2010. 220 pp. rban studies scholars have long circled around the relationship between real and imagined cities. This dichotomy, so eloquently articulated by Walter Benjamin, Italo Calvino, and Michel de Certeau, received its most influential Latin American expression with Angel Rama's 1984 La ciudad letrada. Rama made the case that literature and intellectual politics in Latin America shaped not only the cultural landscape but also the concrete layout of the region's cities. Rama's thesis echoes Benjamin, who taught us that the most interesting thing about Paris is its idea of itself. In the last decade, scholars have resisted Rama's privileging of lettered elites in various ways. Some have tried to cut through discourse to reveal the lived experiences of people in other classes (Munoz and Spitta). Others have charted ~ the ways in which globalization and social fragmentation undercut the
Revista Hispánica Moderna – University of Pennsylvania Press
Published: May 3, 2013
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