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One of Latin America's most highly respected theorists provides an overview of the power of written discourse in the historical formation of Latin American societies

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Angel Rama, one of Latin America's most distinguished twentieth-century men of letters, was a noted literary critic, journalist, editor, publisher, and educator. He left his native Uruguay following the military takeover and taught at the University of Venezuela and the University of Maryland. He died in 1983 in a plane crash near Madrid. John Charles Chasteen is Associate Professor of History at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. He is the translator and editor of Tulio Halperin Donghi's The Contemporary History of Latin America, also published by Duke University Press.

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"This book offers a keen analysis of the roles played by writing and intellectuals in the configurations of Latin American urban institutions. Indeed, more than a book, The Lettered City could be better understood as an event, a self-reflective operation that radically questioned the conditions of thinking and writing in Latin America, a critical intensification of intellectual practices that both displaced and relocated the ubiquitous subject of Latinamericanism." - Julio Ramos, University of California, Berkeley "The Lettered City changed the ways in which historians, intellectuals and literary critics thought of the literary and cultural history of Latin America." - Walter Mignolo, Duke University

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