From nation-building to nation-branding : literature and cultural diplomacy in twentieth century Mexico
- My dissertation explores the vital intersection between literature and cultural diplomacy in twentieth-century Mexico. As part of a strategy of nation-building abroad, carried out mainly by state-sponsored foreign-language publications promoting Mexican culture, and by the overwhelming number of writer/diplomats incorporated into the Mexican diplomatic service, I argue that the post-revolutionary governments, facing international threats and a legitimacy crisis, made use of literature as a means for engaging with foreign publics. Focusing on the dynamics and exchange of symbolic capital in the relationship between the writer and the Mexican government, my dissertation explores the hybrid nature of the writer/diplomat. Specifically, I focus on the roles of writer/diplomats: Amado Nervo, Alfonso Reyes, the Contemporáneos, José Juan Tablada, Octavio Paz, Carlos Fuentes, Fernando Benitez, Hugo Gutierrez Vega, Victor Sandoval, and Fernando del Paso in the development of Mexican cultural diplomacy. Furthermore, I suggest that during the last decade of the century, within the context of the negotiation and implementation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), Mexican cultural diplomacy transitioned towards a nation-branding approach, evidenced by Mexico's participation as Guest of Honor at the 1992 Frankfurt Book Fair. Ultimately, my dissertation shows that Mexican literature of the twentieth century is intrinsically tied to the political process of post-revolutionary cultural diplomacy.
|Type of resource
|electronic resource; remote; computer; online resource
|1 online resource.
|De Heredia, Mariana
|Hoyos Ayala, Héctor
|Hoyos Ayala, Héctor
|Degree committee member
|Stanford University, Department of Iberian and Latin American Cultures.
|Statement of responsibility
|Mariana De Heredia.
|Submitted to the Department of Iberian and Latin American Cultures.
|Thesis Ph.D. Stanford University 2018.
- © 2018 by Mariana De Heredia Romo
- This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial 3.0 Unported license (CC BY-NC).
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