Transculturation and Literature

Luis Duno-Gottberg

in Latin American Studies

ISBN: 9780199766581
Published online October 2011 | | DOI:
Transculturation and Literature

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In 1940, Cuban ethnographer Fernando Ortiz coined the concept of “transculturation” for the sphere of anthropological research. His purpose was to explain the different stages and results of cultural contact among people brought together by European Colonial expansion into the Caribbean. Forty years later, when Uruguayan critic Ángel Rama applied the concept to Latin American literature, it became the core of a vast field of inquiry and debate, with a wide impact on the humanities and social sciences. Beyond the seminal work of Ortiz and Rama, this article covers numerous critical applications of the concept, metacritical approaches, and the production of alternative theoretical tools that challenge or complement the concept of “transculturation.”

Article.  5861 words. 

Subjects: Regional and Area Studies ; History of the Americas

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