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Author Riobó, Carlos, 1968-
Title Caught between the lines : captives, frontiers, and national identity in Argentine literature and art / Carlos Riobó.
Imprint Lincoln : University of Nebraska Press, [2019]

Author Riobó, Carlos, 1968-
Series New hispanisms.
New hispanisms.
Subject Argentine literature -- History and criticism.
Arts, Argentine.
National characteristics, Argentine, in literature.
Literature and society -- Argentina.
Arts and society -- Argentina.
Captivity in literature.
Boundaries in art.
Boundaries in literature.
Description 1 online resource (xiv, 181 pages).
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Summary Caught between the Lines examines how the figure of the captive and the notion of borders have been used in Argentine literature and painting to reflect competing notions of national identity from the nineteenth to the twenty-first centuries. Challenging the conventional approach to the nineteenth-century trope of "civilization versus barbary," which was intended to criticize the social and ethnic divisions within Argentina in order to create a homogenous society, Carlos Riobó traces the various versions of colonial captivity legends. He argues convincingly that the historical conditions of the colonial period created an ethnic hybridity--a mestizo or culturally mixed identity--that went against the state compulsion for a racially pure identity. This mestizaje was signified not only in Argentina's literature but also in its art, and Riobó thus analyzes colonial paintings as well as texts. Caught between the Lines focuses on borders and mestizaje (both biological and cultural) as they relate to captives: specifically, how captives have been used to create a national image of Argentina that relies on a logic of separation to justify concepts of national purity and to deny transculturation.
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents The national trope of captivity within Argentine history -- Crossing borders: Mestizaje and frontiers -- Ambivalent histories: an early legend and a first-person account -- Captives in Argentine literature -- Visual representations of captives in Argentine art.
Note Print version record.
ISBN 9781496213884 (electronic bk.)
1496213882 (electronic bk.)
9781496213860 (electronic bk.)
1496213866 (electronic bk.)
9781496213877 (mobi)
1496213874 (mobi)
9781496205520 (hardback ; alk. paper)
1496205529 (hardback ; alk. paper)
OCLC # 1086210697
Additional Format Print version: Riobó, Carlos, 1968- Caught between the lines. Lincoln : University of Nebraska Press, [2019] (DLC) 2018023708.

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