Capital fictions investigates the key role played by literature in imagining and interpreting the rapid transformations unleashed by latin americas first major wave of capitalist modernization between 1870 and 1930 questioning the opposition between culture and economics in latin america and elsewhere ericka beckman shows that literature . Capital fictions the literature of latin americas export age minneapolis u of minnesota p 2013 xxix 254 pp minneapolis u of minnesota p 2013 xxix 254 pp traditional categories of literary periodization have been largely displaced as the main organizing principle of our thinking about 19th century latin american literature. Chapter 1 investigated the capital fictions surrounding the production of export commodities in late nineteenth century latin america as regional economies become more integrated into global networks of exchange fantasies of production had to compete with a new aesthetic sensibility. Ericka beckmans capital fictions the literature of latin americas export age describes how the dynamics of the financial system are a foundational trope of spanish american letters between 1870 and 1930. Between 1870 and 1930 latin american countries were incorporated into global capitalist networks like never before mainly as exporters of raw materials and importers of manufactured goods during this export age entire regions were given over to the cultivation of export commodities such as
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