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Capital FictionsThe Literature of Latin America's Export Age$
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Ericka Beckman

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780816679195

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816679195.001.0001

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Modernismo’s Import Catalogues

(p.42) Chapter 2 Consumption
Capital Fictions

Ericka Beckman

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter presents the accounts of Nicaraguan poet Rubén Darío, Colombian poet José Asunción Silva, and Cuban poet Julián del Casal to discuss the exclusionary fantasies of importation and consumption. Darío described in his book Azul that new aesthetic is the consumption of European styles, referents, and objects in the production of a new Spanish American aesthetic. Silva’s chronicle highlighted the inferiority of local manufactures and promoted importation and consumption. Casal’s chronicle simultaneously used the rhetoric of art, journalism, and advertising to uphold importation and consumption.

Keywords:   Rubén Darío, José Asunción Silva, Julián del Casal, Azul, importation, consumption

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