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Decadent Modernity: Civilisation and 'Latinidad' in Spanish America, 1880-1920

Michela Coletta


How did Latin Americans represent their own countries as modern? By treating modernity as a ubiquitous category in which ideas of progress and decadence are far from being mutually exclusive, this book explores how different groups of intellectuals, between the late nineteenth and the early twentieth century, drew from European sociological and medical theories to produce a series of cultural representations based on notions of degeneration. Through a comparative analysis of three country case studies − Argentina, Uruguay and Chile − the book investigates four themes that were central to defin ... More

Keywords: Modernity, Latinity, Decadence, Race, Autochthonous, Education, Aesthetics, Argentina, Uruguay, Chile

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9781786941312
Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: May 2019 DOI:10.3828/liverpool/9781786941312.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michela Coletta, author