Conservative Sensibilities: Literary imaginations and the Press in Nineteenth-century Latin America
The current global conservative turn appeals to a nostalgia for a collective past. In nineteenth-century Latin America, where liberal thought was dominant in the formation of the new nations, this nostalgia was also present. However, literary scholars have mainly focused on the relation between literature, nation, and liberal thought. This three-year project argues that to fully understand cultural resistance to liberal reforms, we need to study the era’s conservative sensibilities –the aesthetic expressions of conservatism. Therefore, we will explore how literary texts published in the main site for public debate, the press, expressed conservative values during the consolidation of two modern nations, Argentina and Mexico.