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International Yearbook of Futurism Studies...

Multi-volumed work

International Yearbook of Futurism Studies

Ed. by Berghaus, Günter

e-ISSN 2192-029X

Volume 7


Ed. by Aguirre, Mariana / Sarabia, Rosa / Silverman, Renée M. / Vasconcelos, Ricardo

In coop. with Berghaus, Günter / Lee, Sze Wah

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April 2017
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The Estridentista Movement in Mexico: A Poetics of the Ephemeral

Rashkin, Elissa J. / Zurián, Carla


Estridentismo (Stridentism) burst on the scene in 1920s Mexico City in the wake of the Mexican Revolution and quickly assumed a place in the urban cultural imagination, thanks to the flamboyant actions of its protagonists and the attention given to them by the metropolitan press. Writers such as Manuel Maples Arce, Gérman List Arzubide, Arqueles Vela and Salvador Gallardo, and visual artists such as Fermín Revueltas, Ramón Alva de la Canal, Jean Charlot, Leopoldo Méndez and Germán Cueto were instrumental in bringing Mexican arts and letters into the twentieth century; yet for many decades, the movement was all but forgotten in Mexico, intentionally buried by critics and inaccessible due to the disappearance of most of its ephemeral publications and productions. This essay reviews key aspects of the movement and describes the process of reconstruction, a labour begun by scholars at the end of the 1960s and in full bloom by the beginning of the new millennium. It argues that, in spite of its current popularity, the Estridentista ‘archive’ is far from complete; for this reason, this report is not only a recapitulation of materials rescued from oblivion and now available for public scrutiny, but also a reflection on the poetics of the ephemeral, the rôle of loss and forgetting in the reinstatement of historical memory.

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Elissa J. Rashkin, Carla Zurián (2017). The Estridentista Movement in Mexico: A Poetics of the Ephemeral. In Mariana Aguirre, Rosa Sarabia, Renée M. Silverman, Ricardo Vasconcelos (Eds.), 2017 (pp. 309–334). Berlin, Boston: De Gruyter. https://doi.org/10.1515/9783110527834-017

Book DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/9783110527834

Online ISBN: 9783110527834

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