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Concrete and Countryside By Carmelo Esterrich

Concrete and Countryside
by Carmelo Esterrich

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From the late 1940s to the early 1960s, Puerto Rico was swept by a wave of modernization, transforming the island from a predominantly rural society to an unquestionably urban one. By examining a wide range of cultural texts, Concrete and Countryside offers an in-depth analysis of how Puerto Ricans responded to this transformative period.
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Concrete and Countryside: The Urban and the Rural in 1950s Puerto Rican Culture by Carmelo Esterrich

From the late 1940s to the early 1960s, Puerto Rico was swept by a wave of modernization, transforming the island from a predominantly rural society to an unquestionably urban one. A curious paradox ensued, however. While the island underwent rapid urbanization, and the rhetoric of economic development reigned over official discourses, the newly installed insular government, along with some academic circles and radio and television media, constructed, promoted, and sponsored a narrative of Puerto Rican culture based on rural subjects, practices, and spaces.

By examining a wide range of cultural texts, but focusing on the film production of the Division of Community Education, the popular dance music of Cortijo y su combo, and the literary texts of Jose Luis Gonzalez and Rene Marques, Concrete and Countryside offers an in-depth analysis of how Puerto Ricans responded to this transformative period. It also shows how the arts used a battery of images of the urban and the rural to understand, negotiate, and critique the innumerable changes taking place on the island.

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Concrete and Countryside Reviews


Concrete and Countryside represents a valuable, much-welcomed intervention and contribution to cultural studies, Latin American and Caribbean studies, Puerto Rican studies, and literary studies in general. Esterrich's work is theoretically and methodologically sound."" - Agustin Lao-Montes, University of Massachusetts-Amherst

""A timely project, well-conceived and executed. General readers as well as specialists will be able to navigate this text."" - Jason Cortes, Rutgers University-Newark

About Carmelo Esterrich


Carmelo Esterrich is associate professor of Spanish, humanities, and cultural studies at Columbia College Chicago. He has published widely on cultural and artistic production in Latin America.

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GOR009966902
Concrete and Countryside: The Urban and the Rural in 1950s Puerto Rican Culture by Carmelo Esterrich
Carmelo Esterrich
Pitt Illuminations
Used - Very Good
Paperback
University of Pittsburgh Press
2018-05-30
184
0822965399
9780822965398
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