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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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Exploitation

Exploitation

A Journey to the Export Real

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(p.158) Chapter 5 Exploitation
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Capital Fictions
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Ericka Beckman

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University of Minnesota Press
DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816679195.003.0005

This chapter discusses the popularization of literary fictions that opposed the export-led model of growth in 1920. Literary writers reject European city life, and promote autochthony or regionalism to search of a more “simple” or“authentic” rural life. The chapter examines Colombian novelist José Eustasio Rivera’s novel, La vorágine (The Vortex [1924]), to describe the destructive effect of frontier capitalism and to demonstrate the poverty of Latin American export economies. The novel provided a striking image of the ecological consequences of removing natural resources.

Keywords:   autochthony, regionalism, rural life, capitalism, La vorágine, Latin American

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