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Editorial A Contracorriente

Fostering intellectual debate about Latin American politics, history, economics, literature and culture from a left-wing point of view

Editorial A Contracorriente, associated with the refereed on-line journal A Contracorriente, publishes refereed books on Latin American studies in Spanish or English. We are a non-profit press that publishes single author monographs and edited volumes that address political, sociological, literary, historical, economic and cultural issues from innovative, progressive and critical points of view. As the name of the press indicates, we publish rigorous and solid works that question the prevailing trends in those fields.

Editorial A Contracorriente is possible thanks to the generous support of the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures at NC State University.


Latest Publications

The Generation of ’72: Latin America’s Forced Global Citizens.
Ed. by Brantley Nicholson & Sophia A. McClennen

Caught between the well-worn grooves the Boom and the Gen-X have left on the Latin American literary canon, the writing intellectuals that comprise the Generation of ’72 have not enjoyed the same editorial acclaim or philological framing as the literary cohorts that bookend them. In sociopolitical terms, they neither fed into the Cold War-inflected literary prizes that sustained the Boom nor the surge in cultural capital in Latin American cities from which the writers associated with the Crack and McOndo have tended to write. This book seeks to approach the Generation of ’72 from the perspective of cosmopolitanism and global citizenship, a theoretical framework that lends a fresh and critical architecture to the unique experiences and formal responses of a group of intellectuals that wrote alongside globalization’s first wave.

"The Nicholson-McClennen project assumes the need to begin with the sociopolitical circumstances of the generation following the boom, and not necessarily in the first place its aesthetics as either a continuation of or a rejection of the boom. (...) [As] their title indicates, the organizers of this project have perceived a wider sociopolitical displacement than the traditional paradigms within which the boom authors still moved: the effects of globalization and, as part of globalization, the displacement of Latin American society toward nontraditional settings (the United States, the Netherlands, and, for women and queer writers, an alien Mexico).—David William Foster, Arizona State University"

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Militantes, intelectuales y revolucionarios. Ensayos sobre marxismo e historia en América Latina.
Ed. by Carlos Aguirre

The essays in this volume analyze three aspects of the history of the Left and Marxism in Latin America: first, the need to discuss the "changing times" in the 21 century and its many and varied ingredients as part of a complex history of intellectual practices and policy proposals that have played for more than a century, the aspirations of broad social changes in Latin American sectors. Second, the acclimatization of Marxism in Latin America as part of a series of discussions with other intellectual movements and at the same time, within a process of intellectual production conditioned by political and institutional factors. And third, the construction of certain views on the historical past as a linchpin of the various policy proposals of the left in Latin America. Together, the texts included in this book contribute to enrich the debates around the relationship between history and politics but also, somehow, to imagine scenarios of growing democracy, justice, and equality in the region.

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El Tango entre dos Américas. La representación del tango en Estados Unidos, 1910-1939.
By Andrea Matallana

"This book covers a well-known theme in Argentine culture, but it highlights a new point: the exportation of the tango reached not only Europe, but also sought out and found its success, in the early decades of the twentieth century, in a country that considered itself different but was actually very similar [to Europe]. All interested in the history of this phenomenon will find here a new perspective. This magnificent essay offers academic rigor as well as new views on the history of the tango, and in clear and precise prose it provides a unique perspective about a cultural phenomenon that has international resonance." —Pablo Gerchunoff, Universidad Torcuato Di Tella.

"El tango entre dos Américas is rich in facts, insights, and commentary. The author has done a laudable job of tracing tango from its first forays into US society to its relative decline as World War II approached and the more upbeat jazz came onto the scene [...] Readers will take away from this fascinating study a deep understanding of tango’s trajectory and its full context in the US and beyond." —Deborah Jakubs, Duke University.

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Pensar el siglo XIX desde el siglo XXI. Nuevas miradas y lecturas.
Ed. by Ana Peluffo

Read as a whole, the essays in Pensar el siglo XIX desde el siglo XXI provide a fruitful discussion about the need to revise some of the canonical paradigms in Latin American nineteenth-century studies. Included in the collection are new and thought-provoking essays that attempt to go beyond the dichotomies that have characterized the cultural genealogy of the field (civilization vs barbarism, country vs. city, letter vs image, tradition vs. modernity, domestic vs. public). By bringing into the discussion recent developments in cultural studies, authors reexamine the nineteenth-century debate about the construction of nations and subjectivities from a wide range of critical perspectives.

"In this important book trite and easy theoretical readings of the nation have been dismissed to discover new texts, return to the archival research and reintroduce a rigorous Literary Historicism. Pensar el siglo XIX desde el siglo XXI is a book that every student interested in the 19th Century should know." —Christopher Conway, University of Texas–Arlington.

Pensar el siglo XIX desde el siglo XXI "is an essential start up of crucial issues related to the construction of the nation-State in Latin America and the forms of symbolic representations that characterize the 19th-century imaginary." —Mabel Moraña, Washington University.

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Author Showcase

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Carlos Aguirre

Carlos Aguirre teaches at the University of Oregon and currently serves as Director of Graduate Studies for the Latin American Studies Program. Watch this interview with Peruvian Historian Ricardo Portocarrero (Universidad Nacional de San Marcos, Peru) about Aguirre´s latest book Militantes, intelectuales y revolucionarios. Ensayos sobre marxismo e historia en América Latina:[Interview in Spanish]