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Volume 64 / Humanities

LITERATURE: SPANISH AMERICA: Colonial Period


JENNIFER L. EICH, Professor of Modern Languages and Literatures, Loyola Marymount University

COLONIAL LATIN AMERICAN STUDIES HAS CONTINUED TO GROW and expand its boundaries as scholars embrace interdisciplinary, historical and gender approaches to a much wider selection of colonial era texts. Scholars continue to reassess and recuperate literature previously considered secondary and to edit and publish once forgotten or lost manuscripts and cultural productions which they perceive as materials that give us a sharper focus and more accurate knowledge of different populations during the colonial era. Simultaneously, they are returning to canonic texts with new perspectives that attempt to illuminate these texts as well as the ideological motives and cultural concerns of their authors. This is equally true with regard to more traditionally studied authors such as Christopher Columbus, Sor Juana, and el Inca Garcilaso de la Vega or newly discovered writers whose works are being published and/or studied for the first time. Indeed, the steady growth of colonial Latin American Studies is fueled by critical and theoretical interests that offer scholars and students a much more nuanced and cultural context for analysis in their areas of reading and investigation.


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