Savage Emergence


in Race, Colonialism, and Social Transformation in Latin America and the Caribbean

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print November 2008 | ISBN: 9780813032641
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813038230 | DOI:
Savage Emergence

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This chapter examines efforts in Bolivia by writers and activists who deliberately invoked and reappropriated “savagery” as a means of disrupting dominant forms of representation that naturalize the continuing violence of colonial social relations. It focuses on the period when Aymara intellectuals asserted themselves in the public sphere as activist reading and writing subjects dedicated to articulating alternative histories and identities. The chapter highlights the work of Fausto Reinaga, whose works were considered to be a form of lettered savagery.

Keywords: savagery; Bolivia; writers; activists; social relations; Aymara intellectuals; Fausto Reinaga

Chapter.  11361 words. 

Subjects: Society and Culture

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