9950 - Emotions and Motivations in the Mexican Revolution

At the beginning of his seminal social history of the revolution, Alan Knight (1986) describes Mexico on the eve of the outbreak of the civil war: ‘Mexico of 1910 was, borrowing Lesley Simpson’s phrase, ‘many Mexicos,’ less a nation than a geographical expression, a mosaic of regions and communities, introverted and jealous, ethnically and physically fragmented, and lacking common national sentiments ; these sentiments came after the Revolution and were […] its offspring rather than its parents.’ The formation of national sentiments has become a key theme in the burgeoning critical literature devoted to the post-revolutionary period. Commentators have analysed how, in the aftermath of the profound upheavals of a war in which peasants, workers, and the middle classes made common cause, they came to unite under the rubric of symbols, icons, and discourses experienced as national. This paper takes the idea of sentiments, or more precisely emotions, as a starting point to explore how the emotions have been a motivating force in shaping social interactions of the period. It asks, how and why did disparate social groups make common cause, how were these uneasy bonds maintained through the 20th and into the 21 st century, and how are the emotions mediated through visual and literary cultural forms?

Palavras-chaves: Mexican Revolution, Emotions

Autores: Noble, Andrea (Durham University, United Kingdom/Ver Königr)


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