Mauricio Tenorio: “Discussion of I Speak of the City”

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February 12, 2014 by cfmsc


Join us on February 17 for our next Mexican Monday in a lecture that will discuss the most recent book of Mauricio Tenorio Trillo, I Speak of the City: Mexico City at the Turn of the Twentieth Century. In this dazzling multidisciplinary tour of Mexico City, the author focuses on the period 1880 to 1940, the decisive decades that shaped the city into what it is today. Through a kaleidoscope of expository forms, I Speak of the City connects the realms of literature, architecture, music, popular language, art, and public health to investigate the city in a variety of contexts: as a living history textbook, as an expression of the state, as a modernist capital, as a laboratory, and as language. Tenorio’s formal imagination allows the reader to revel in the free-flowing richness of his narratives, opening startling new vistas onto the urban experience. From art to city planning, from epidemiology to poetry, this book challenges the conventional wisdom about both Mexico City and the turn-of-the-century world to which it belonged. And by engaging directly with the rise of modernism and the cultural experiences of such personalities as Hart Crane, Mina Loy, and Diego Rivera, I Speak of the City will find an enthusiastic audience across the disciplines.

Mauricio Tenorio Trillo is professor of history at the University of Chicago, and associate professor at the Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas, Mexico City. He is the author of Culturas y Memoria (2012),  Historia y Celebración. América y sus Centenarios (2010), El Urbanista (2004), De Cómo Ignorar (2000) and Mexico at World’s Fairs: Crafting a Modern Nation (1996), among others. He has been Director of the Center for Latin American Studies at the University of Chicago, has taught at the University of Jerusalem, the University of Texas – Austin, and has been visiting scholar at the university Wissenschaftskolleg Zu Berlin and El Colegio de México. He obtained a Ph.D. and a M.A. in History at the University of Standford, and Sociology at the Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana in Mexico City.

I Speak of the City: Mexico City at the Turn of the Twentieth Century is available from the University of Chicago Press here.

Here you will be able to download the Introduction to this book, around which Mauricio Tenorio’s talk will revolve: I speak of the city. Introduction -2

Time and place: Institute of Latin American Studies at Columbia University, 802 of International Affairs Building. February 17, 2014, 4 p.m.


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