Racial memory and literary history

This is a piece, surely very conservative, by Greenblatt that I want to read. The entire issue of the journal is interesting, too.

The May 2016 issue of PMLA has an article on Jean Franco by Arturo Arias, “From the Cold War to the Cruelty of Violence: Jean Franco’s Critical Trajectory from The Decline and Fall of the Lettered City to Cruel Modernity” that is very useful. Some key ideas from it are:

– The coup against Arbenz as the most important event in 20th century U.S.-Latin American relations (Grandin)- Franco as a Latin American intellectual, ahead of her time in the U.S. and European contexts
* In Latin America the indigenous subject is the privileged interlocutor of the West, and a Western subject of African descent is not.

There is a great deal more in this piece. The idea of “cruel modernity” has appeared elsewhere (e.g. in Pankaj Mishra’s new book) and it is different from earlier critiques of the Enlightenment.

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