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Title: Lecturas neobarrocas del 'Espejo de paciencia' y reconceptualizaciones de la nación: José Lezama Lima, Cintio Vitier y Severo Sarduy
Authors: Dhondt, Reindert # ×
Issue Date: Apr-2010
Publisher: Springer
Series Title: Neophilologus vol:2 issue:94 pages:265-278
Abstract: This article examines the successive reinterpretations of one of Cuba’s foundational texts, namely the Espejo de paciencia (“Model of Patience”, 1608) by Silvestre de Balboa, as a baroque poem. The revalorization of the baroque by twentieth-century Cuban authors and critics has been explained as a consequence of the erasure of indigenous cultures and the subsequent imposition of a metropolitan culture. In this sense, the baroque is supposed to be paradigmatic for “roots thinking” about nation-building and culture. The readings of Balboa’s poem by neo-baroque writers such as José Lezama Lima, Cintio Vitier and Severo Sarduy, however, put forward a transhistorical vision of the baroque and Cubanhood as an eternal and immutable phenomenon or, alternatively, a reading that privileges the technique of the collage, which involves a more active intervention in the historical process. The present essay seeks to systematize these neo-baroque readings of the Espejo in relation to a more “rhizomous” theory of cultural identity.
ISSN: 0028-2677
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Literature, Discourse and Identity, Leuven (-)
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