Authority, Piracy, and Captivity in Colonial Spanish by Emiro Martínez-Osorio

By Emiro Martínez-Osorio

Authority, Piracy, and Captivity in Colonial Spanish American Writing examines the tricky bond among poetry and historical past writing that formed the idea and perform of empire in early colonial Spanish-American society. The e-book explores from diversified views how epic and heroic poetry served to construe a brand new Spanish-American elite of unique explorers and conquistadors in Juan de Castellanos’s Elegies of Illustrious males of the Indies. equally, this booklet deals an interpretation of Castellanos’s writings that exhibits his serious engagement with the reformist venture postulated in Alonso de Ercilla’s LaAraucana, and it elucidates the advanced poetic discourse Castellanos created to safeguard the pursuits of the early new release of explorers and conquistadors within the aftermath of the promulgation of the recent legislation and the mounting feedback of the establishment of the encomienda.

Within the bigger context of a brand new poetics of imperialistic growth, this e-book indicates how the Elegies bargains one of many earliest examples of the reconfiguration of a few of the most tenets of Petrarchism/Garcilacism, in addition to the daring transmutation of dominant poetic discourses that had till then been often linked to the the Aristocracy. concentrating on the perform of poetic imitation (imitatio) and the subjects of authority, piracy, and captivity, this booklet indicates the transformation passed through via heroic poetry due to Europe’s come upon with the USA and illustrates the contribution of discovered heroic verse to the emergence of a Spanish-American literary tradition.

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