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In Portrait of a Young Painter, the distinguished historian Mary Kay Vaughan adopts a biographical approach to understanding the culture surrounding the Mexico City youth rebellion of the 1960s by chronicling the life of painter Pepe Zuniga.

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Portrait of a Young Painter: Pepe Zuniga and Mexico City's Rebel Generation by Mary Kay Vaughan

In Portrait of a Young Painter, the distinguished historian Mary Kay Vaughan adopts a biographical approach to understanding the culture surrounding the Mexico City youth rebellion of the 1960s. Her chronicle of the life of painter Pepe Zuniga counters a literature that portrays post-1940 Mexican history as a series of uprisings against state repression, injustice, and social neglect that culminated in the student protests of 1968. Rendering Zuniga's coming of age on the margins of formal politics, Vaughan depicts midcentury Mexico City as a culture of growing prosperity, state largesse, and a vibrant, transnationally-informed public life that produced a multifaceted youth movement brimming with creativity and criticism of convention. In an analysis encompassing the mass media, schools, politics, family, sexuality, neighborhoods, and friendships, she subtly invokes theories of discourse, phenomenology, and affect to examine the formation of Zuniga's persona in the decades leading up to 1968. By discussing the influences that shaped his worldview, she historicizes the process of subject formation and shows how doing so offers new perspectives on the events of 1968.

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"The last several years have revealed the start of a remarkable ferment among historians of postrevolutionary, and especially of post-1945, Mexico....Mary Kay Vaughan's beautifully written, masterful new book, Portrait of a Young Painter, is situated precisely at the interstices of this historiographical revisionism." -- Eric Zolov * Hispanic American Historical Review *
"Mary Kay Vaughan's Portrait of a Young Painter is an extraordinary contribution to the literature on the Latin American sixties.... It will be mandatory reading on the sixties, an era of transforming subjectivities worldwide." -- Valeria Manzano * American Historical Review *
"Scholars will gain much from reading this smartly written, imaginative study. Skillfully revealing the complex, multilayered worlds that Zuniga inhabited, Vaughan opens the door to a greater understanding of Mexico's 1960s youth rebellion. This powerful analysis will contribute significantly to the field, but also should point to new ways of writing history." -- Stephanie J. Smith * The Americas *
"Vaughan's book suggests that the roots of political resistance in Mexico can be profitably explored at the level of individual subjectivity, and her work should influence future scholarship by Mexicanists and historians of youth movements in Latin America and beyond." -- Rachel Grace Newman * Journal of Latin American Studies *
"Mary Kay Vaughan's biography of Mexican painter Pepe Zuniga is a labor of love and friendship." -- Robert M. Buffington * EIAL *
"Vaughan writes a lively, inspired, and extremely detailed cultural history of Mexico City's urban culture between 1940 and 1970. . . . She writes with empathy, intelligence, and humor." -- Ruben Gallo * Latin American Research Review *

About Mary Kay Vaughan


Mary Kay Vaughan is Professor of History Emerita at the University of Maryland. She is the author of Cultural Politics in Revolution: Teachers, Peasants, and Schools in Mexico, 1930-40, winner of both the Conference on Latin American History's Bolton Prize and the Latin American Studies Association's Bryce Wood Award, and a coeditor of Sex in Revolution: Gender, Politics, and Power in Modern Mexico and The Eagle and the Virgin: Nation and Cultural Revolution in Mexico, 1920-1940, both also published by Duke University Press.

Table of Contents


Acknowledgments ix
Introduction 1
1. Lupe's Voice 29
2. Enchanting City / Magical Radio 44
3. Pepe at School and with God, the Virgin, and the Saints 58
4. My Father, My Teacher 78
5. The Zuniga Family as a Radionovela 98
6. "How Difficult Is Adolescence!" 127
7. "Five Pesos, Two Pencils, and an Eraser!" 145
8. Exuberant Interlude: Painting at the Museo de Antropologia 173
9. Private Struggle / Public Protest: 1965-1972 184
10. Subjectivity and the Public Sphere: The Mature Art of Jose (Pepe) Zuniga 212
Notes 241
Bibliography 259
Index 279

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GOR010862048
Portrait of a Young Painter: Pepe Zuniga and Mexico City's Rebel Generation by Mary Kay Vaughan
Mary Kay Vaughan
Used - Very Good
Paperback
Duke University Press
2014-12-19
304
082235781X
9780822357810
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