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Peñaloza, Fernanda / Wilson, Jason / Canaparo, Claudio (eds)


Myths and Realities

Series: Hispanic Studies: Culture and Ideas - Volume 4

Year of Publication: 2010

Oxford, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, New York, Wien, 2010. X, 267 pp.
ISBN 978-3-03910-917-3 pb.  (Softcover)

Weight: 0.400 kg, 0.882 lbs

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Book synopsis

This volume includes a selection of the papers given during the international conference «Patagonia: Myths and Realities», which was organised through the Centre of Latin American Cultural Studies at the University of Manchester. The essays gathered in this collection are not a direct record of the proceedings but pursue many of the themes raised by the participants. The contributors to the volume come from the fields of history, literary studies and cultural studies. From among the many sources that explore the representation of Patagonia, they have chosen to discuss a wide range of texts, dating from the eighteenth century to the twentieth century, including travelogues, diaries, maps, novels, autobiographies, letters and even a dictionary. The essays trace different experiences in order to illustrate the diversity of the region.
This book makes a significant contribution to the study of the historical circumstances around the exploration and colonisation of Patagonia, as well as the subsequent cultural, political and economic outcomes.


Contents: Fernanda Peñaloza: Introduction: Myths and Realities: Mapping Scientific, Religious, Aesthetic and Patriotic Quests in Patagonia – Peter Hulme: Abject in Patagonia: Stories from the Wager – Patience A. Schell: The Importance of Being Friendly: Charles Darwin and Robert FitzRoy in Patagonia – Fiona J. Mackintosh: Travellers’ Tropes: Lady Florence Dixie and the Penetration of Patagonia – Fernanda Peñaloza: The Missionary as a Translator: Thomas Bridges and his Yamana-English Dictionary – Paul W. Birt: The Individual and the Community in the Auto/biography of Early Welsh Patagonia (1885-1935) – Jens Andermann: Conquering Time: Mapmaking, Narrative and National Initiation – Jason Wilson: Silence and Meaning in Some Patagonian Travels: Darwin, Hudson, Moreno and Meyer – Karl Posso: Pataphysics and the Irony of Travel Writing: Approaching Chatwin’s Patagonia via Waugh’s Amazonia – Eva-Lynn Alicia Jagoe: « A través de un cristal »: The Representation of Patagonia in César Aira’s La liebre – Cristian Aliaga: Epilogue: The Other Side of the European Travels: Indigenous Peoples, Renagades, Outcasts and the Literature on Patagonia.

About the author(s)/editor(s)

Fernanda Peñaloza is Lecturer in Latin American Studies at the University of Sydney. She has published several papers on the interconnections of aesthetics and ethnography, within the traditions of both British imperialist narratives of travel and exploration and the Argentine colonisation project in Patagonia.
Jason Wilson is Professor Emeritus of Latin American Literature at University College London. He has published widely on poetry and Latin American literature in general. He is one of the judges for the Valle-Inclán translation prize.
Claudio Canaparo is Visiting Professor in Latin American Studies at Birkbeck, University of London. He has published widely in the fields of literary criticism, epistemology, sociology of culture and philosophy.


Hispanic Studies: Culture and Ideas. Vol. 4
Edited by Claudio Canaparo