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Title: Provincial Political Cultures and the Nation in Nineteenth-Century Mexican Fiction
Authors: Toner, Deborah F.
First Published: 13-Dec-2014
Publisher: Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Citation: Journal of Iberian and Latin American Studies, 2014, 20 (2), pp. 161-183
Abstract: This article examines the representation of provincial political culture and practices in selected fictional works of two prominent Mexican writers of the late nineteenth century: Emilio Rabasa and Heriberto Frías. Particular focus is given to Rabasa’s portrait of a fictional pronunciamiento, a widespread form of political protest and negotiation in nineteenth-century Mexico that has recently been subject to historiographical re-evaluation, and Frías’s exploration of the 1893 rebellion of Tomóchic. Rabasa’s fiction supports the development of a political system that imposes the national will upon the unruly provinces by portraying the pronunciamiento as a destructive and chaotic practice, founded in the political ignorance of its participants. Frías’s work, meanwhile, questions the validity of the national enterprise by framing the Tomóchic rebellion as the consequence of a national political system that had disengaged with local and regional voices.
DOI Link: 10.1080/14701847.2014.984995
ISSN: 1470-1847
eISSN: 1469-9524
Version: Post-print
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Journal Article
Rights: Archived with reference to SHERPA/RoMEO and publisher website. The Version of Record of this manuscript has been published and is available in the Journal of Iberian and Latin American Studies 2014-12-13
Appears in Collections:Published Articles, School of Historical Studies

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