New Books: Price’s “The Object of the Atlantic” and Guerrero’s “Excesos del cuerpo”


The Object of the Atlantic: Concrete Aesthetics in Cuba, Brazil, and Spain, 1868-1968 by Rachel Price was published by Northwestern University Press in late 2014. It will be presented this evening at 6:00pm at the McNally Jackson Bookstore along with Javier Guerrero’s Tecnologías del cuerpo: exhibicionismo y visualidad en América Latina (Vervuert, 2014). Javier Guerrero, Rachel Price, Licia Fioll-Mata, and Jennifer Rodríguez will lead the launch. The bookstore is located at 52 Prince Street, New York, New York.


The Object of the Atlantic is a wide-ranging study of the transition from a concern with sovereignty to a concern with things in Iberian Atlantic literature and art produced between 1868 and 1968. Rachel Price uncovers the surprising ways that concrete aesthetics from Cuba, Brazil, and Spain drew not only on global forms of constructivism but also on a history of empire, slavery, and media technologies from the Atlantic world. Analyzing Jose Marti’s notebooks, Joaquim de Sousandrade’s poetry, Ramiro de Maeztu’s essays on things and on slavery, 1920s Cuban literature on economic restructuring, Ferreira Gullar’s theory of the “non-object,” and neoconcrete art, Price shows that the turn to objects—nd from these to new media networks—as rooted in the very philosophies of history that helped form the Atlantic world itself.

Rachel Price is an assistant professor of Spanish and Portuguese languages and cultures at Princeton University.

521795Tecnologías del cuerpo: exhibicionismo y visualidad en América Latina offers five chapters focusing on Reinaldo Arenas, Salvador Novo, Armando Reverón, Fernando Vallejo and Mario Bellatin; the author proposes that the body goes through visual and fictional records to fashion itself and to be modeled in a process that is always incomplete and unstable, which, therefore, allows for revolt.

Javier Guerrero is assistant professor of Latin American Studies at Princeton University. He is co-editor of the book Excesos del cuerpo. Ficciones de contagio y enfermedad en América Latina (2009, 2012), the double volume Cuerpos enfermos/Contagios culturales (2011) and of Visual Archives: Visualities, Visibilities and the Politics of Looking (forthcoming).

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