The Fernando Coronil Reader

The Fernando Coronil Reader

The Struggle for Life Is the Matter

  • Author: Coronil, Fernando; Skurski, Julie; Wilder, Gary; Dubois, Laurent; Eiss, Paul; Murphy, Edward; Coronil, Mariana; Pedersen, David
  • Publisher: Duke University Press
  • ISBN: 9781478003670
  • eISBN Pdf: 9781478004592
  • Place of publication:  Durham , United States
  • Year of digital publication: 2019
  • Month: April
  • Pages: 472
  • Language: English
In The Fernando Coronil Reader Venezuelan anthropologist Fernando Coronil challenges us to rethink our approaches to key contemporary epistemological, political, and ethical questions. Consisting of work written between 1991 and 2011, this posthumously published collection includes Coronil's landmark essays “Beyond Occidentalism” and “The Future in Question” as well as two chapters from his unfinished book manuscript, "Crude Matters." Taken together, the essays highlight his deep concern with the Global South, Latin American state formation, theories of nature, empire, and postcolonialism, and anthrohistory as an intellectual and ethical approach. Presenting a cross section of Coronil's oeuvre, this volume cements his legacy as one of the most innovative critical social thinkers of his generation.
  • Cover
  • Contents
  • Introduction: Transcultural Paths and Utopian Imaginings
  • Part I. Labyrinths of Critique: The Promise of Anthrohistory
    • Introduction
    • 1. Pieces for Anthrohistory: A Puzzle to Be Assembled Together
    • 2. Transculturation and the Politics of Theory: Countering the Center, Cuban Counterpoint
    • 3. Foreword to Close: Encounters of Empire
    • 4. Perspectives on Tierney’s Darkness in El Dorado
    • 5. The Future in Question: History and Utopia in Latin America (1989–2010)
  • Part II. Geohistorical States: Latin American Counterpoint
    • Introduction
    • 6. Dismembering and Remembering the Nation: The Semantics of Political Violence in Venezuela
    • 7. Transitions to Transitions: Democracy and Nation in Latin America
    • 8. Venezuela’s Wounded Bodies: Nation and Imagination during the 2002 Coup
    • 9. Oilpacity: Secrets of History in the Coup against Hugo Chávez
    • 10. Crude Matters: Seizing the Venezuelan Petro-state in Times of Chávez
  • Part III. Beyond Occidentalism, Beyond Empire
    • Introduction
    • 11. Occidentalism
    • 12. Beyond Occidentalism: Toward Nonimperial Geohistorical Categories
    • 13. Listening to the Subaltern: The Poetics of Neocolonial States
    • 14. Smelling Like a Market
    • 15. Latin American Postcolonial Studies and Global Decolonization
    • 16. After Empire: Reflections on Imperialism from the Américas
  • Credits
  • Index
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