"We, the Barbarians"
Three Mexican Writers in the Twenty-First Century
Characterized by the fragmentation of civil society and the decomposition of the myths that accompanied the consolidation of the modern nation, Mexican visual and literary arts have explored a myriad of representational avenues to approach the phenomena of violence, institutional decay, and political instability. The critical and theoretical approaches in “We, the Barbarians” explore a variety of alternative symbolic representations of topics such as nationalism, community, and affect in times impacted by systemic violence, precariousness, and radical inequality. Moraña perceives the negotiations between regional/local imaginaries and global scenarios characterized by the devaluation and resignification of life, both at individual and collective levels. Though it uses three authors as its focus, this book seeks to more broadly theorize the question of the relationship between literature and the social in the twenty-first century.
Chapter 1. Yuri Herrera: A Distilled and Elliptical Art
Chapter 2. Fernanda Melchor: Necro-Aesthetics and the “Truth of the Body”
Chapter 3. Valeria Luiselli: The Unbearable Lightness of Being