<span class="smallCaps">chapter three</span> Women of the South Bank: the Mexican Routes of American Modernism

Adams Rachel

in Continental Divides

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print December 2009 | ISBN: 9780226005515
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226005539 | DOI:
chapter three Women of the South Bank: the Mexican Routes of American Modernism

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This chapter focuses on the modernist cultures of North America that have relatively little to do with modernismo. Latin Americanists have been critical of the way that modernism has become synonymous with European cultural developments, effectively eclipsing modernist production in other parts of the world. It would subsequently be much more difficult for foreigners to view Mexico as a place devoid of culture. The Mexican culture would continue to exert a formative, if often unacknowledged, influence on the arts across North America. Until now, the Mexicanist presence in American modernism has been recognized primarily through the towering reputations of the muralists. Focusing on how modernism traveled, particularly along less well-illuminated routes, inevitably points the way to women like Porter, Brenner, and Modotti, who were conduits and producers of an American modernism anchored in Mexico.

Keywords: modernismo; Mexico; culture; routes; Mexican culture; American modernism

Chapter.  16373 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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