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Colonialism Past and Present: Reading and Writing About by Alvaro Felix Bolanos, Gustavo Verdesio

By Alvaro Felix Bolanos, Gustavo Verdesio

Reviews lingering manifestations of colonialism in modern Latin the United States.

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For these same reasons it is frequently found that our contributions emulate critical projects of another type of immigrant—this time from the East—like Edward Said or Homi Bhabha—who have reflected, with postcolonial theoretical tools, on the cultural and political conditions of their respective regions of origin by questioning European colonialism regarding them. Aside from Antonio Cornejo Polar, Sara Castro Klarén, and Walter Mignolo, whose contributions have greatly advanced the field of colonial Latin American studies in the United States and Latin America, this group of Hispanic immigrants is enhanced by scholars such as José Rabasa, Gustavo Verdesio, Roger Zapata, Mabel Moraña, Mario Cesareo, Mariselle Meléndez, José Antonio Mazzotti, Verónica Salles-Reese, Luis Fernando Restrepo, and Alvaro Félix Bolaños, to name just some of those whose contributions are already found in book form (see bibliography).

How are colonial Latin American texts read today by the selected group of scholars that write widely consulted guides for the study of Latin American literature? 15 A challenge like this also poses a series of questions: how can we (immigrant and native scholars in the United States and scholars in Latin America) participate in this—in my view—necessary process of decolonization? What implications does the immigrant Latin Americanist condition of many of us have in the development of this process?

Notions of a baroque and neoclassic divinity aid the examination of these controlling strategies in the text and in the author’s inspiration. It is also aided by a discussion on the nature of the sublime. This essay manages to discuss both technical details of Landívar’s poetic composition and his political stand he amply expressed throughout his poem. Stacey Schlau in her essay, Gendered Crime and Punishment in New Spain, studies two sixteenth- and seventeenth-century cases of inquisitional repression over women who sought subjectivity in history through spiritual transcendence.

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