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Miguel Ángel Asturias and the aporia of postcolonial geography

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dc.creator Wainwright, Joel
dc.creator Lund, Joshua
dc.date.accessioned 2012-07-02T18:29:07Z
dc.date.available 2012-07-02T18:29:07Z
dc.date.issued 2008-08-26
dc.identifier.citation Joel Wainwright and Joshua Lund, "Miguel Ángel Asturias and the aporia of postcolonial geography," Interventions 10, no. 2 (2008): 141-157. doi:10.1080/13698010802145036 en_US
dc.identifier.issn 1369-801X (print)
dc.identifier.issn 1469-929X (online)
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1811/52139
dc.description.abstract In this essay we examine the relation between race and space in the Americas. We do so by offering a broadly postcolonial reading of the Mayanist writings of Miguel Ángel Asturias, the Guatemalan writer who won the 1967 Nobel Prize in literature. Specifically, we trace the ways in which his work problematizes the political relations between race and space and how, in turn, these relations problematize his own critical project. We argue that Asturias, in offering a trenchant critique of capitalist social relations and their articulation to practices of racism, fails to adequately address what we call the aporia of postcolonial geography. In so doing, he ends up reproducing the basic model of racialized territorialization that he attempts to attack. To analyse this problem we read the origins and transformations of his Mayanist work and its geographical tendencies over several decades. The major sources for our argument include the interdisciplinary field that we call 'Mayanism' and its relations to some of Asturias's central works, including, most prominently, Hombres de maíz (1949), along with El problema social del indio (1923), Leyendas de Guatemala (1930), Asturias's Nobel Banquet Speech, and interviews with the author. In stumbling against the aporia of postcolonial geography, Asturias's writing is emblematic of a broader relation between race and space that frequently rises up to derail potentially liberationist discourses and geographies. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Routledge en_US
dc.title Miguel Ángel Asturias and the aporia of postcolonial geography en_US
dc.type Article en_US
dc.identifier.doi 10.1080/13698010802145036
dc.identifier.osuauthor wainwright.11