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By Camilla Fojas

Fojas's booklet is a learn concerning the aporia among cosmopolitanism as an indication of justice and cosmopolitanism because the intake and show of foreign luxurious goods and cultural creation. flip of the century Pan-American cosmopolitanism defined foreign aesthetic tradition and model drawn from significant international towns, however it used to be additionally implicitly political, it held a promise of justice within the recognition and coexistence of distinction. Being cosmopolitan was once an orientation in the direction of the cosmopolis in a look for types of tolerance and openness for various existence, methods of being, and gender and sexual identities. Fojas engages the paintings of Guatemalan Enrique Gomez Carrillo, the commute writings from the Chicago World's reasonable of Cuban Aurelia Castillo de Gonzalez, the Venezuelan magazine Cosmopoils, and Rodo's notorious Ariel, all of which percentage a standard precept of the sensible program of cosmopolitanism. those figures grapple with cosmopolitanism, occasionally conceptualizing new types of hospitality and occasionally failing, still retaining the damaged promise of utopist areas and their imagined towns.

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It means breaking the circle of factual experience, to say the possible and the impossible, to say all the sayable” (“Volver a los modernistas significa rescatar las aptitudes de la fantasía imaginativa y de su ejecutora, la fantasía verbal. Significa libertar al medio Cosmopolitanism in the Americas 23 de la servidumbre mensajera. Significa superar las limitaciones de la imaginación reproductora, las deficiencias de lo real verificable. Significa romper el cerco de la experiencia fáctica, decir lo posible y lo imposible, decir todo lo decible”) (8–9).

Clarín’s reconstructed nationalism reunites motherland to colony: “Let me say, before continuing, that for me, radical in this idea, Spain and Latin 38 Chapter One America are one single nation, even though they do not want to be and have different States. We have been one and will be so again soon” (“Conste, antes de seguir, que para mí, radical en esto, España y América española son una sola nación, aunque ellas no quieran y aunque tengan diferentes Estados. Hemos sido unos y volveremos á serlo, acaso pronto”) (xi).

But, above all, they grapple with cosmopolitanism, sometimes conceptualizing new models of hospitality and sometimes failing, while nonetheless keeping the broken promise of utopic spaces and their imagined cities. These texts activate a cosmopolitan attitude by persuading the reader to be a bit more open, more modern, and more amenable to difference. CHAPTER ONE Thresholds of Cosmopolitanism: Prefaces to Modernity and Other-Worldly Readings In the late nineteenth century, cosmopolitanism was associated with the large metropolises of Europe, ancient capitals and centers of cultural life where immigrants from all over the world gathered.

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