Acuñaciones: Angel Rama y las economías de la letra

Journal Article (Academic article)

This article examines the use of financial metaphors in the texts and general conceptualization of Ángel Rama. It proposes that this Uruguayan critic builds his theory of the lettered city —and his particular vision of the 19th century Latin American Literature— by forming oppositions and articulating them in terms similar to those coined during that time period. Rama’s description of the need to find an equivalent between sight and object is a desire to build a system of commodity circulation while at the same time denouncing the multiple and uncontrolled consequences that such might carry. Generated during the 60’s, 70’s and early 80’s, Rama’s theory responds to anxieties generated by the gold standard, inflation, debt, and the commercial and financial system that established the concepts of Latin American culture at the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th centuries.

Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Rosa, R

Cited Editors

  • Ríos, A

Published Date

  • 2003

Published In

  • Estudios: Revista De Investigaciones Literarias Y Culturales

Volume / Issue

  • 10/11 /


  • 22-23

Start / End Page

  • 37 - 65

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