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‘Latin American Modernity, and yet...’

Sharman, Adam

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Professor of Latin American Studies and Critical Theory


The article examines two ‘postmodern’ critiques of modernity: a general history which argues that it was never solely Western, and a work of Latin American cultural criticism which wishes to leave a modernity seen as eurocentric. It argues that to understand the modern elements of Latin America entails keeping present the European, and in part pre-nineteenth-century, genealogy of modernity. This, in order to grasp both the pitfalls of claiming modernity is a common project (colonialism vanishes) and the difficulty of going beyond it (European modernity bequeathed the language of breaks and dialectical incorporations). The piece identifies the rhetorical choreography involved when the limits of the critique of Western modernity become apparent.


Sharman, A. (2011). ‘Latin American Modernity, and yet...’. Bulletin of Latin American Research, 30(4),

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Oct 1, 2011
Deposit Date Mar 2, 2016
Publicly Available Date Mar 2, 2016
Journal Bulletin of Latin American Research
Print ISSN 0261-3050
Electronic ISSN 1470-9856
Publisher Wiley
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 30
Issue 4
Keywords Modernity; Modernisation; Colonialism; History; Culture; Philosophy
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Additional Information This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: ‘Latin American Modernity, and yet...’, which has been published in final form at This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving.


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