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Spectacular Modernity: Dictatorship, Space, and Visuality in Venezuela, 1948-1958 (Pitt Illuminations) Paperback – 30 Mar 2017
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"Spectacular Modernity is an in-depth study of the relationship between dictatorial power and the production of the modern imaginary of Venezuela. Blackmore's book is a groundbreaking contribution to scholarship on mid-twentieth century modernization in Latin America."
--Patricio del Real, Harvard University
"In a present that scorns the dictatorship of Marcos Pérez Jiménez, the underlying framework of modernization that characterized it retains surprising traction. Blackmore's Spectacular Modernity is a beautiful and engaging text that deploys an aesthetic and political analysis of the dictatorship's transformation of space to explain why this is. She makes an undeniable contribution to studies of Venezuela and modernity more broadly, and offers a sharp warning to those who might turn back the democratic clock in search of an elusive modernity."
--George Ciccariello-Maher, Drexel University
About the Author
Lisa Blackmore is a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Zurich and will join the school of philosophy and art history at the University of Essex as a lecturer in art history and interdisciplinary studies in 2017. She has taught at the University of Leeds, Universidad Simon Bolivar, and Universidad Central de Venezuela, and is coeditor of the forthcoming volume El Helicoide: From Futuristic Mall to Panoptic Prison.
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