Diego Rivera and Juan Rulfo: Post-revolutionary Body Politics (1922-1965)

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Working in different media, Diego Rivera (1886–1957) and Juan Rulfo (1917–1986), are identified as monuments to two distinct moments in Mexico’s cultural history, yet their works have never been examined comparatively. Reading their artistic corpora side-by-side reveals a shared preoccupation with the body that sheds light not only on its function as a critical political signifier in their works, but also on how the concepts of nation and revolution were conceived, articulated and contested in primarily corporeal terms in the decades following the Mexican Revolution (1910–1917). Drawing from a varied multimedia archive encompassing well-known and previously overlooked essays, murals, illustrations, photographs, films and literary texts, Lucy O’Sullivan engages in a close analysis of Rivera’s and Rulfo’s corporeal imagery to trace broader shifts in aesthetic and intellectual interpretations of post-revolutionary nationhood, from the euphoria of the 1920s to the phase of intellectual disenchantment beginning at mid-century.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationOxford
Number of pages244
ISBN (Electronic)9781781889183
ISBN (Print)9781781888780, 9781781889145
Publication statusPublished - 23 Feb 2022

Publication series

NameVisual Culture


  • Modern
  • Spanish
  • Fiction
  • Art


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