Travel Narratives in Dialogue: Contesting Representations of Nineteenth-century Peru

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Peter Lang, 2008 - Literary Collections - 124 pages
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Travel Narratives in Dialogue examines nineteenth-century imperialist travelogues written about Peru and examines Peruvian writers of the same period who fashioned their own travelogues as protests against how imperialist writers denigrated Peru and Peruvian culture. This study exposes the dialogic nature of travelogues in the Bakhtinean sense and underscores how the travel-writing subjects produce texts that serve as fora of struggle, coercion, control, and contestation depending on the personal, imperialist, nationalist, and proto-feminist agendas the writers supported. Travel narratives examined include those written by J. J. von Tschudi, Madeline Vinton Dahlgren, Flora Tristan, Juan Bustamante, Manuel A. Fuentes, and Jose Manuel Valdez y Palacios.

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The Author: Shannon Marie Butler received her Ph.D. from The Ohio State University with a specialization in Latin American Literatures. She is an Assistant Professor of Spanish in the Department of Modern Languages at Marshall University. Her expertise is Latin American literatures and cultures from the colonial period to the 1800s with a focus on travel literature produced in or about South America. Her secondary areas of specialization include gender and postcolonial studies with a special interest in Chicano/a literature. She is working on several pedagogical papers examining how certain learning disabilities affect second-language acquisition. Her current research interest involves examining the poetics of resistance in contemporary Latin American fiction and poetry.

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