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Constructing the criollo archive : subjects of knowledge in the Bibliotheca mexicana and the Rusticatio mexicana /
Antony Higgins.
West Lafayette, Ind. : Purdue University Press, c2000.
xvii, 283 p. ; 24 cm.
1557531986 (cloth : alk. paper)
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West Lafayette, Ind. : Purdue University Press, c2000.
1557531986 (cloth : alk. paper)
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
Antony Higgins is an assistant professor of Romance Studies at Duke University.
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Appeared in Choice on 2001-04-01:
Higgins argues that criollos, the American-born descendants of white colonists, strove to develop a distinctive culture within the Spanish imperial system. His analysis focuses on the writings of two 18th-century figures. Juan Jose de Eguiara y Eguren, the first of these, was a Mexican scholar who cataloged data on the cultural history of Mexico from preconquest societies to the mid-18th century. While never completed, his Bibliotheca Mexicana was intended to refute denigrating opinions concerning the New World and its inhabitants prevalent in the works of European thinkers during the Enlightenment. He insisted that the achievements of Mexican savants were equal to those of their European counterparts. In considering the poetry of Rafael Landivar, a Guatemalan Jesuit, Higgins translates and analyzes key cantos of Landivar's Rusticatio Mecicana. Landivar contended that the beauties and qualities of American nature and its environment met the criteria of accepted Western aesthetics. His observations on early indigenous cultures depicted their attainments as comparable to those of the Egyptians, with whom European scholars seemed more familiar. Higgins suggests that researchers in colonial Latin American literature investigate the cultural and political impact of other criollo intellectuals. Upper-division undergraduates and above. J. A. Gagliano; emeritus, Loyola University of Chicago
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This book constitutes an attempt to theorize the process of the emergence, in eighteenth-century New Spain, of a position of intellectual subjectivity differentiated from that established by the regime of Spanish imperial authority. The principal concern has been to trace how certain groups of criollo intellectuals try to construct such discourses, paradoxically, out of the framework of available European systems of knowledge and representation. In this fashion, it was sought to discern the outline of an ideological program for criollo political and cultural hegemony in the eighteenth century.
Table of Contents
Prefacep. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xvii
Introductionp. 1
Juan Jose de Eguiara y Eguren and the Bibliotheca Mexicanap. 21
Framing the Criollo Archivep. 23
Supplementing Authority: The Prologues to the Bibliotheca Mexicanap. 45
The Fragmentary Archive: The Catalogue of the Bibliotheca Mexicanap. 86
Rafael Landivar's Rusticatio Mexicana: Expanding the Criollo Archivep. 107
Subject, Archive, Landscapep. 109
After the Sublime: The Rationalization of Colonial Spacep. 167
Framing American Heterogeneityp. 211
Conclusionp. 233
Notesp. 241
Bibliographyp. 263
Indexp. 277
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