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Continental DividesRemapping the Cultures of North America$
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Rachel Adams

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780226005515

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: February 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226005539.001.0001

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chapter three Women of the South Bank: the Mexican Routes of American Modernism

chapter three Women of the South Bank: the Mexican Routes of American Modernism

(p.101) CHAPTER THREE Women of the South Bank: the Mexican Routes of American Modernism
Continental Divides

Adams Rachel

University of Chicago Press

This chapter focuses on the modernist cultures of North America that have relatively little to do with modernismo. Latin Americanists have been critical of the way that modernism has become synonymous with European cultural developments, effectively eclipsing modernist production in other parts of the world. It would subsequently be much more difficult for foreigners to view Mexico as a place devoid of culture. The Mexican culture would continue to exert a formative, if often unacknowledged, influence on the arts across North America. Until now, the Mexicanist presence in American modernism has been recognized primarily through the towering reputations of the muralists. Focusing on how modernism traveled, particularly along less well-illuminated routes, inevitably points the way to women like Porter, Brenner, and Modotti, who were conduits and producers of an American modernism anchored in Mexico.

Keywords:   modernismo, Mexico, culture, routes, Mexican culture, American modernism

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