From Art to Politics: Octavio Paz and the Pursuit of Freedom

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Rowman & Littlefield, 2001 - Literary Criticism - 153 pages
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This book offers an analysis of Paz's political thought, arguing that it is rooted in two separate and often antagonistic traditions, Liberalism and Romanticism. Grenier shows that Paz's political thought is best approached not so much by looking at the specific positions Paz took in the issues of his day, but rather by uncovering the core values at the heart of Paz's political philosophy. From Art to Politics gives not only a better understanding of Paz's thought, but also a discussion of the political culture and democratization of Mexico. The book takes a novel look at issues such as the relations between art and politics, the role of intellectuals, and the penchant of academics for "machination" theories in the area of art and culture. The result is an account of Paz's work that is both more focused and more ambitious than those offered in previous books on Paz's politics.
 

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Contents

Interpretation and Culture
1
Environments
15
The Liberal Artist
47
A Critique of Modernity
77
The Other Voice
109
Our Man in Nonliberal Territory
125
Octavio Paz 19141998 A Chronology
129
Works by Octavio Paz
133
Bibliography
137
Index
145
About the Author
153
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Yvon Grenier is professor of political science at St. Francis Xavier University.

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