‘There Can Be No Revolution without Culture’: Reading and Writing in the Bolivarian Revolution

Katie Brown

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Abstract

Under Hugo Chávez's ‘Bolivarian Revolution’, the government made itself present in all stages of literary production, applying the official idea of reading and writing as ‘socialist practices’. The Bolivarian government envisaged a popular counter‐hegemony, courting popular support while delegitimising cultural elites and reinforcing class tensions. Bolivarian cultural policy is anachronistic in an age of global literary markets, while the emphasis on a national collective of writers over internationally promoted representative writers of the revolution is particularly radical.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)438-452
Number of pages15
JournalBulletin of Latin American Research
Volume38
Issue number4
Early online date5 Jun 2018
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2019

Structured keywords

  • Centre for Material Texts

Keywords

  • Bolivarian Revolution
  • counter-hegemony
  • populism
  • publishing
  • reading
  • Venezuela

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