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Revista de Crítica Cultural: Pensando (en) la transición

Zamorano, César (2014) Revista de Crítica Cultural: Pensando (en) la transición. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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The Revista de Crítica Cultural, under the direction of the academic Nelly Richard, appeared in 1990 at the same time as the return to democracy in Chile after 17 years of dictatorship. This journal fostered incisive critical thinking and was one of the most fruitful non-governmental spaces for reflection, criticism, and proposals in order to rethink and reconstruct the fragmented memory of Chile. The journal focused on the new international conditions that were related to the diminishing of global left-wing movements and to the emergence of a victorious transnational capitalism. In this dissertation, I propose to understand the new codes and narratives that appeared in the Revista. I am putting particular attention to how the journal allows us to better understand the post-dictator period, and also I am exam the journal’s use of post-modernist or post-structuralist modes of thought as tools for thinking about Chile and Latin America beyond the classic notions of identity, people, and nation. In particular, I want to observe if these new modes of thought contributed to an inadvertent form of complicity with the neoliberal model or to resistance against it.
Taking the journal as the setting of overlapping reflections and diverse multidisciplinary dialogues, I inquire into the relationship among the intellectuals participating in the production of a new culture in Chile during the early years of the restoration of democracy (1990-2008). I explore how the journal can be thought of as a critical experience of the governmental situation in Chile, that is, as an attempt to rearticulate a new academic leftism that is not complicit in the neoliberal governmental scheme that still dominates the country. The journal was able to link different disciplines like cultural critique, cultural studies, literature, and especially the ceaseless discussion about modernity and post-modernity, aesthetics and politics. This reflection moves on to the question of the particularity of what the journal is proposing, not only the participation of the heterogeneous theoretical voices, but also the changes in the journal’s purpose over eighteen years of existence.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Zamorano, Cé
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairDuchesne-Winter, Juanduchesne@pitt.eduDUCHESNE
Committee MemberSotomayor, Aureaams389@pitt.eduAMS389
Committee MemberBeverley, Johnbrq@pitt.eduBRQ
Committee MemberEvans,
Date: 25 September 2014
Date Type: Publication
Defense Date: 29 April 2014
Approval Date: 25 September 2014
Submission Date: 7 May 2014
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Number of Pages: 268
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences > Hispanic Languages and Literatures
Degree: PhD - Doctor of Philosophy
Thesis Type: Doctoral Dissertation
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: Crítica Cultural
Date Deposited: 25 Sep 2014 18:26
Last Modified: 15 Nov 2016 14:20


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