The Spanish Orient in Bello's Spanish American Occidentalism

Nadia R. Altschul

in Geographies of Philological Knowledge

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print March 2012 | ISBN: 9780226016214
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226016191 | DOI:
The Spanish Orient in Bello's Spanish American Occidentalism

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This chapter introduces into an understanding of Bello's scholarship the association of Spain with the Islamic Orient that was prevalent in the nineteenth century. In particular, it charts the rejection of this “internal Orient” that Bello needed to accomplish in order to construct inner continuities between Spanish America and Europe by focusing on the Venezuelan's study of Castilian assonance, considered as a peculiarity inherited from Iberian–Arabic interminglings during the Middle Ages. The book closes with a “Coda” offering a reexamination of the discussion on criollo medievalism and settler postcolonial studies.

Keywords: Christianity; Teutonic mythology; Occidentalism; American histories; Medievalism

Chapter.  8299 words. 

Subjects: Literary Theory and Cultural Studies

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