Myths and Realities

by Fernanda Peñaloza (Volume editor) Jason Wilson (Volume editor) Claudio Canaparo (Volume editor)
©2010 Edited Collection X, 267 Pages


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.


X, 267
ISBN (Softcover)
Publication date
2011 (March)
Patagonia Latin American cultural, political and economic outcomes exploration and colonisation of Patagonia
Oxford, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, New York, Wien, 2010. X, 267 pp.

Biographical notes

Fernanda Peñaloza (Volume editor) Jason Wilson (Volume editor) Claudio Canaparo (Volume editor)

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.


Title: Patagonia