1492-1992 : re/discovering colonial writing /
edited and introduced by René Jara and Nicholas Spadaccini.
1st ed. --
Minneapolis, MN : Prisma Institute, c1989.
472 p. : ill. ; 22 cm. --
0910235333 :
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Minneapolis, MN : Prisma Institute, c1989.
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Includes bibliographies and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 1990-05:
These 11 critical essays reexamine Spanish American cultural roots in the colonial period. Editors Jara and Spadaccini (both from the University of Minnesota) collaborated on the introductory essay, which proposes that "the domination of the New World was ultimately achieved through writing"; their understanding of the relationship between language and power informs the composition of this very useful collection. Several essays provide the reader with a provocative reappraisal of canonical works (e.g., Merrim on Oviedo's Sumario, T. Conley on Montaigne's use of New World sources in the Essais, J. Rabasa on Las Casas's Apologetica, R. Adorno on Alva Ixtlilxochitl, and R. Jara on Fray Servando de Mier). Others deal with theoretical issues (W. Mignolo on literacy and colonization, B. Pastor on silence and writing in the history of the conquest, I. Zavala on representing the colonial subject, A. Gomez-Moriana and B. Gonzalez on historiography). A minor caveat: the link between colonial past and present, promised by both title and introduction, is not consistently articulated. The bibliographies at the close of each essay are excellent, all quotes are offered in both English and Spanish, and the volume includes a bilingual appendix of documents and a useful index. Recommended for upper-division undergraduates and graduate students. -K. A. Stolley, Vassar College
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