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Historical and Cultural Interconnections between Latin America and Asia

Argentinean Literary Orientalism

From Esteban Echeverría to Roberto Arlt

Authors: Gasquet, Axel

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  • Translation of a seminal book that studies, within the Argentine literary corpus, the impact that the European Orientalist discourse had on the birth of the nation
  • Renews the standards of academic studies about the links between Latin America and the cultures of the Muslim and Asian East
  • Sets up a new standard of analysis that may be useful for other national case studies in Latin America in their historical and cultural complex relations with the East
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This book examines the modes of representation of the East in Argentinean literature since the country’s independence, in works by canonical authors such as Esteban Echeverría, Juan B. Alberdi, Domingo F. Sarmiento, Lucio V. Mansilla, Pastor S. Obligado, Eduardo F. Wilde, Leopoldo Lugones, and Roberto Arlt. The East, which has always fascinated intellectuals and artists from the Americas, inspired the creation of imaginary elements for both aesthetic and political purposes, from the depiction of purportedly despotic rulers to a genuine admiration for Eastern history and millennial cultures. These writers appropriated the East either through their travels or by reading chronicles, integrating along the way images that would end up being universalized by the Argentinean dichotomy between civilization and barbarism, all the while assigning the negative stereotypes of the exotic East to the Pampa region. With time, the exoticism of the Eastern world would shed its geopolitical meaning and was ultimately integrated into the national literature, thus adding new elements into the Argentinean imaginary.

About the authors

Axel Gasquet is Professor of Latin American Studies at the University Clermont Auvergne, France, and principal researcher at IHRIM of French National Council for Scientific Research (CNRS). He has published twelve monographs, including La cultura extraterritorial argentina (2020) and El llamado de Oriente (2015), coedited eleven essay collections and edited five critical editions, including Cultural and Literary Dialogues between Asia and Latin America (2020) and José Rizal’s Noli me tangere (2019).

Table of contents (10 chapters)

Table of contents (10 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Argentinean Literary Orientalism
Book Subtitle
From Esteban Echeverría to Roberto Arlt
Authors
Translated by
Suárez, J.I.
Series Title
Historical and Cultural Interconnections between Latin America and Asia
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-54466-9
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-54466-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-54465-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIV, 304
Number of Illustrations
1 b/w illustrations
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