Representaciones temporales en la construcción del espacio y el sujeto atlántico en el siglo XVII

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2009

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"Representaciones temporales en la construcción del espacio y el sujeto atlántico en el

siglo XVII" is a study of the different representations of time, temporality and space in

literary and historical texts such as the chronicles that originated in Peru and Spain. This

project seeks to understand the new configuration of time and space that appeared at this

time and that was represented in literary texts during the Spanish Baroque period. What is

most important is that the Atlantic is not only an ocean that separated two realities but

also a new space that made possible the emergence of a new subject who combined pre-

Hispanic culture and the occidental episteme. This new subject is the product of a

translation failure of the concepts that were transported back and forth across the

Atlantic. During the XVIIth century, many literary and historical texts are produced in

order to understand this new subject. As an immediate consequence of the encounter

between American and European epistemes, thinkers and writers in all Europe begin to

hesitate between "the real" and "the images"; a crisis of the real begins. In the Americas,

writers such as Guaman Poma or Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz who produce narratives which

seek to interpret the new realities brought about by the encounter with the Europeans,

whose writings do not follow to either indigenous or European conventions. These

writers mix pre-Hispanic and Western traditions to account for the new forms of

subjectivity that the conquest produced. Similarly, Spanish writers such as Cervantes or

Calderón re-work traditional European conventions in order to understand and interpret

this new historical moment/subjectivity.

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López-Martín, Francisco Javier (2009). Representaciones temporales en la construcción del espacio y el sujeto atlántico en el siglo XVII. Dissertation, Duke University. Retrieved from https://hdl.handle.net/10161/3212.

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