Remembrance of Things Lost: Ethnohistory

Diana de Armas Wilson

in Cervantes, the Novel, and the New World

Published in print December 2000 | ISBN: 9780198160052
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191673764 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Hispanic Studies

Remembrance of Things Lost: Ethnohistory

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This chapter turns to Cervantes's posthumously published Persiles, the novel that most strenuously references America and on which he wagered his posthumous literary fame. The novel's opening ‘Barbaric Isle’narrative invites readers into a world of slavery and cannibalism. The discussion here also examines the role of Inca Garcilaso, the so-called ‘Herodotus of the Incas’ in this atrocious world. It furthermore examines the oft-remarked presence in Cervantes of the Royal Commentaries of the Incas. This chapter both documents and augments the role of Inca Garcilaso as Cervantes's main precursor in ‘barbaric’ scriptures.

Keywords: Inca Garcilaso; Royal Commentaries; barbarian; Persiles; Barbaric Isle

Chapter.  9729 words. 

Subjects: Literature

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