Epic, Empire, & Community in the Atlantic World: Silvestre de Balboa's 'Espejo de paciencia'
240 x 160 mm. 192pp ~ Bucknell Series in Latin American Literature & Theory.... [In stock in Australia, for immediate delivery]
Epic, Empire, and Community in the Atlantic World studies the epic poem Espejo de paciencia by Silvestre de Balboa, written in 1608 in order to commemorate the abduction of bishop Fray Juan de las Cabezas Altamirano, which took place near the town of Bayamo in the eastern part of Cuba on April 29, 1604. Marrero-Fente argues that the disappearance of the Espejo de paciencia manuscript during the 17th and 18th centuries did not prevent the poetic world described in the text from founding a trope of enduring possibilities in Cuban literature.
The presence of Balboa's poem in subsequent literary works assumes the form of a ghost text as depicted in the main rhetorical elements of Cuban literature, such as the love of nature, the emerging identity of the criollo, the sense of community, and the contrast between the natural and the moral world. Epic, Empire, and Community in the Atlantic World makes a salient contribution to Cuban colonial studies by offering a comparison between Balboa's poem and the works of other contemporary authors from the Canary Islands, Spain, and Spanish America, emphasising the relevance of transatlantic relations in the poetic production of the period.
Raul Marrero-Fente is Assistant Professor of Spanish at the University of Minnesota.
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|Artist / Author||Raul MARRERO-FENTE|
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