Decolonial Approaches to Latin American Literatures and by Juan G. Ramos, Tara Daly

By Juan G. Ramos, Tara Daly

Decolonial techniques to Latin American Literatures and Cultures engages and problematizes recommendations akin to “decolonial” and “coloniality” to question methodologies in literary and cultural scholarship. whereas the 11 contributions produce various ways to literary and cultural texts starting from Pre-Columbian to modern works, there's a collective wondering of the very notion of “Latin America,” what “Latin American” comprises or leaves out, and some of the practices and destinations constituting Latinamericanism. This transdisciplinary learn goals to open an evolving corpus of decolonial scholarship, delivering a distinct access aspect into the literature and fabric tradition made out of precolonial to modern instances.

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15 October 2015. Maldonado-Torres. Against War: Views from the Underside of Modernity. Durham and London: Duke University Press, 2008. Print. INTRODUCTION: DECOLONIAL STRATEGIES FOR READING AND LOOKING … xxxv Martínez-San Miguel, Yolanda. Coloniality of Diasporas: Rethinking IntraColonial Migrations in a Pan-Caribbean Content. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014. Print. ——. ” Radical Philosophy Review Vol. 2 (2006): 111–138. Web. 15 October 2015. Mignolo, Walter. ” Theory, Culture and Society Theory, Culture and Society Vol.

In Chapter 7, “The Air as Decolonial Critique of Being in César Calvo’s Las tres mitades de Ino Moxo y otros brujos de la Amazonía,” Tara Daly focuses on the trope of air as an unstable and changing category that runs counter to the fixity of land as a site from which being can be reformulated. In her analysis of Calvo’s novel, Daly traces points of connection with Luce Irigaray’s philosophical work on air to look at alternative sites, outside the lettered city or the fixity of land, from which decolonial practices can emerge.

A wide-ranging critical comparative approach would allow for the recasting of territorialized “Hispanic Literatures” courses into smaller geo-cultural comparative units. Such a recasting would interfere with the geo-cultural ambition of the old imperial gesture. Historical approaches to the history of Spain and its conquest and colonization would have to be critically plurotopic, for as Walter Mignolo has pointed out, it matters who is doing the comparison and why (“On Comparison”). Thus far, the monotopic Eurocentric approach seems to prevail, even in colonial studies, for most begin with the arrival of Columbus and follow the periodization that ensued soon after that moment as an organizing principle for understanding life in this hemisphere both before and after 1492.

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