Cult of Defeat in Mexico’s Historical Fiction: Failure, Trauma, and Loss examines recent Mexican historical novels that highlight the mistakes of the nineteenth century for the purpose of responding to present crises. Over the last twenty years, historical novels have become a mainstay for major presses, surpassing other fictional genres in publication and sales. As these bestsellers enter the public sphere, they engage in a massive rewrite of the country’s guiding fictions and national myths. This book argues that historical reconstructions of the nation’s foundational period acquire deeper meaning when understood as part of broad contemporary debates about globalization, neoliberalism, political legitimacy, and the crises afflicting Mexican communities today.
And for everyone itching to see what’s inside, here is the Table of Contents:
- Introduction: The Stellar Moments of Mexican History and the Rhetoric of Failure
- Chapter 1 – A Mexican Comedy of Errors in Jorge Ibargüengoitia’s Self-Correcting Independence History
- Chapter 2 – Cross-Dressing the Second Empire in Fernando del Paso’s Noticias del imperio
- Chapter 3 – The Voices of the Master in Enrique Serna’s El seductor de la patria
- Chapter 4 – Paralysis and Redemption in Three Novels about the Mexican-American War
- Conclusion: Bicentennial Reflections on Failure