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.
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.
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.
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.
Otras voces. Nuevas identidades en la frontera sur de California (Testimonios).
Ed. by Marisol Montaño, Alejandro Solomianski, y Sofia Wolhein
The configuration of new identities on the southern Californian border is urgent and relevant due to its many social conflicts. These conflicts are exacerbated because of the sharp economic crisis throughout the region. Perhaps one can find some explanation for the ruining of large swaths of the social life on the Californian southern border in these Other Voices. On the other hand, in the unfolding of these Other Voices we hear and visualize the life experiences of identities that enter into conflict with the delineated models promoted by the culture industry and advertising. To read their accounts is to perceive the echo of the voices that profoundly make up our social and border identities; those that the omnipresent mass media blurs and distorts. —Alejandro Solomianski
Otras voces "is innovative and valuable as a pedagogical experiment as well as an academic and intellectual work." — Robert Irwin, University of California—Davis.
Brantley Nicholson is a visiting scholar and President’s College Associate in the Department of Latin American and Iberian Studies at the University of Richmond.
Sophia A. McClennen is Professor of International Affairs and Comparative Literature at the Pennsylvania State University, University Park, where she directs the Center for Global Studies. Her most recent books are Colbert’s America: Satire and Democracy