The Thrust of Demand: Literary Writing and Cultural Democratization in Argentina, 1900-1930

  • Geraldine Rogers Universidad Nacional de La Plata


This article focuses on ordinary people’s interest in writing and publishing their texts during the first decades of the twentieth century in Argentina. In that period, the demand for participation and self-representation through literary writing founded an auspicious ground in newspapers and magazines “for the people”, which had sections devoted to publishing or commenting on the works of readers. This article focuses on the emerging aspirations of a broad readership that was willing to exercise a right to
the word, the way in which these demands found a place to be expressed, and how they were read and processed in different areas of the cultural field: the cultural market, left-wing culture and professional writers.

Author Biography

Geraldine Rogers, Universidad Nacional de La Plata
Geraldine Rogers is Professor of Argentinean Literature and Professor of Cultural Studies in the Postgraduate Master on History and Memory at UNLP (Universidad Nacional de La Plata) in Argentina. She is also a researcher at CONICET (National Council of Scientific Investigations) and director of the digital book collection Biblioteca Orbis Tertius ( at UNLP. She is the author of Caras y Caretas. Cultura, política y espectáculo en los inicios del siglo XX argentino (“Culture, Politics and Entertainment in early Twentieth-Century Argentina,” 2008) and La galería de ladrones de la Capital de José S. Álvarez, 1880-1887 (“José S. Álvarez’s The Gallery of Thieves in the Capital, 1880-1887,” 2009), as well as an edited collection with Miguel Dalmaroni entitled Contratiempos de la memoria en la literatura argentina (“Setbacks in Memory in Argentinean Literature,” 2009).
How to Cite
Rogers, G. (2013). The Thrust of Demand: Literary Writing and Cultural Democratization in Argentina, 1900-1930. Authorship, 2(2).