By O. Hugo Benavides
Among 1890 and 1930, the port urban of Guayaquil, Ecuador, skilled a liberal revolution and a laborers movement--key components in shaping the Ecuadorian nationwide id. during this publication, O. Hugo Benavides examines those and different pivotal beneficial properties in shaping Guayaquilean identification and immigrant identification formation mostly in transnational groups similar to these present in long island urban. Turn-of-the-century Ecuador witnessed an fascinating mixture of ameliorations: the formation of a countrywide citizenship; extension of the preferred vote to individuals of a conventional underclass of Indians and people of African descent; provisions for union organizing whereas moving into international industry capitalist relatives; and a separation of church and kingdom that ended in the legalization of secular divorces. Assessing how those phenomena created a special cultural background for Guayaquileans, Benavides unearths not just a particular cultural heritage but additionally a strategy of constructing ethnic attachment often. He additionally encompasses a research of works via Medardo Angel Silva, the Afro-Ecuadorian poet whose singular literature embodies the consequences of Modernism's arrival in a locale steeped in contradictions of race, type, and sexuality. additionally comprising one of many first case experiences of Raymond Williams's speculation at the courting among constructions of feeling and hegemony, this can be an illuminating representation of the robust relationships among traditionally educated thoughts and modern nationwide existence.
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Ese es mi encanto: llorar por aquellos que no vierten llanto. — SILVA, “ LA FUENTE TRISTE : II ” In this chapter, and throughout the book, I assess the power that Silva’s sensibility came to have over his city of origin. I am less interested in providing a systematic hagiography of his life, or even a detailed biography; rather, I want to allow different moments of his life and work to be illuminated by Guayaquil’s contemporary citizens and history. Thus, I am not looking to provide ethical or literary judgments of Silva’s life and work; instead, I am assessing the problematics he worked on during his short life.
Silva was acutely aware of his ambivalent positioning and the crushing power of his social environment when he publicly advised a “young writer” in the following manner (Calderón Chico 1999: 133–134): The literary profession that you dream of as a road of glory is quite hard, my young friend. indb 22 4/20/06 10:36:52 AM Introduction: Silva and Guayaquil Antiguo 23 suspect that you might make their imperial thrones tremble, they will stone you . . To enjoy the favor of the public you will have to depersonalize yourself, become part of the herd, think in harmony with everybody else: nobody will forgive your irreverence in remaining standing when everybody else is crawling, and the victory, almost always, goes to those who have the least rigid backbones, spines: to obtain it, victory, that is, you must subscribe to the many clubs of mutual adulation where the literary prizes are raffled and awarded.
Htm). indb 15 4/20/06 10:36:51 AM 16 Introduction: Silva and Guayaquil Antiguo Figure 4. The Plaza Colón. htm). a rich body of work in which he placed himself and his feelings, and not the social setting, as the central and exclusive protagonist. It is also through this process of essential and internalized consumption that he was able subtly to erase any supposed impact of the social surroundings on his work. This was also partly carried out by allowing himself to be celebrated by the city’s cultural elite and integrating himself into the country’s modernist literary movement, of which he would be the only member not from the upper class.
The Politics of Sentiment: Imagining and Remembering Guayaquil by O. Hugo Benavides