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The Mestizo StateReading Race in Modern Mexico$
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Joshua Lund

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780816656363

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816656363.001.0001

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Elena Garro and the Failureof Alliance

Elena Garro and the Failureof Alliance

(p.113) Chapter 4 Elena Garro and the Failureof Alliance
The Mestizo State

Joshua Lund

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter studies Elena Garro’s signature novel, Los recuerdos del porvenir, published in 1963, in which she invested much of her criticism and presented a sophisticated problematization of the race-nation relation. The center of Garro’s critique of her own social class is the inability of the Mexican bourgeoise, or mestizo Mexico, to realize the promise of its own rhetoric and find common cause with its national other, the indigenous peasants who are most affected by the violence of material inequality. She articulates the utopia of a Revolution that cannot accommodate both Francisco Madero and Emiliano Zapata, political rights and economic rights, a commitment to democracy and an equal commitment to justice, and the internalized logic of race that repetitively frustrates its realization.

Keywords:   Elena Garro, Los recuerdos del porvenir, race-nation relation, mestizo Mexico, material inequality, Francisco Madero, Emiliano Zapata, political rights, economic rights, democracy

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