Capital Fictions: The Literature of Latin America's Export by Ericka Beckman

By Ericka Beckman

Between 1870 and 1930, Latin American international locations have been integrated into worldwide capitalist networks like by no means prior to, normally as exporters of uncooked fabrics and importers of synthetic items. in this Export Age, whole areas got over to the cultivation of export commodities corresponding to espresso and bananas, capital and hard work have been relocated to new construction facilities, and obstacles to overseas funding have been got rid of. Capital Fictions investigates the most important position performed by way of literature in imagining and reading the speedy alterations unleashed through Latin America’s first significant wave of capitalist modernization.

Using an leading edge mix of literary and monetary research and drawing from a wealthy interdisciplinary archive, Ericka Beckman offers the 1st prolonged assessment of Export Age literary construction. She strains the emergence of a special set of fictions, fantasies, and illusions that observed the increase of export-led, established capitalism. those “capital fictions” diversity from promotional pamphlets for Guatemalan espresso and ads for French models, to novels approximately inventory marketplace cave in in Argentina and rubber extraction within the Amazon.

Beckman explores how Export Age literature expected a number of the key contradictions confronted by means of modern capitalist societies, together with severe monetary volatility, immense social inequality, and ever-more-intense technique of exploitation. wondering the competition among tradition and economics in Latin the US and in other places, Capital Fictions indicates that literature operated as a robust type of political economic system in this interval.

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