The Mexico City Reader

The Mexico City Reader

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Overview

Gallo (Latin American literature, Princeton U.) and contributors "theorizes" this five- century-old city in the process of modernization, describing places and elements old and new, the Metro, monuments, eating and drinking, urban renewal and its disasters, the earthquake, maids, corruption and bureaucracy, and the city at its margins—namely its garbage dumps and its morgue. In their street talk, street style, and street wisdom, it appears the people of Mexico City are getting by with the help of several million friends and strangers, making at least some of the contributors aware of their distance as observers; others dive in, affirming their roles as artists and participants first, then as theorists about a city that by its very nature may remain perpetually in transition. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780299197148
Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press
Publication date: 07/01/2004
Series: THE AMERICAS Series
Edition description: 1
Pages: 366
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Rubén Gallo is Assistant Professor of Latin American Literature in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese Languages and Cultures at Princeton University.

Table of Contents

Illustrationsxi
Acknowledgmentsxiii
Permissionsxv
Introduction: Delirious Mexico City3
1Mexico City on Paper
Mexico, City of Paper33
2Places
Insurgentes55
Zona Rosa, 196578
San Rafael86
Coyoacan I93
Coyoacan II96
Division del Norte99
Plaza Satelite104
Las Lomas I108
Las Lomas II114
3The Metro
The Metro123
Voyage to the Center of the City133
Metro Insurgentes139
The Metro: A Voyage to the End of the Squeeze143
4Monuments
Monuments149
La Diana152
5Eating and Drinking
The Chinese Cafe165
Armando's Tortas169
Vips in the Early Morning172
Nightlife175
6Urban Renewal/Urban Disasters
Call the Doctor195
Tacubaya, 1978198
Avenida Alvaro Obregon, 1979202
San Juan de Letran206
Ambulantes210
Cuauhtemoc222
"Who's There?" The Art of Opening and Closing the Door227
Klaxons and the Man230
7The Earthquake
The Earthquake237
8Maids
Maids I249
Maids II251
Chapultepec and the Maids256
9Corruption and Bureaucracy
Trimmins for the Comanche263
In the Same Boat266
The University270
10The Margins
Garbage291
Semefo: The Morgue309
Bibliography327
Contributors331
Index of Mexico City Streets337
General Index341

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