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Bulletin of Spanish Studies

Revista C.A.F.E. (Cahiers des Amériques – Figures de l’Entre)

Año: 2014 vol. 91 n. 6

Cárdenas Bunsen, José A. Consent, Voluntary Jurisdiction and Native Political Agency in Bartolomé de Las Casas' Final Writings.  / Consentimiento, jurisdicción voluntaria y agencia política nativa en los escritos finales de Bartolomé de Las Casas p. 793-817 América Latina
Bartolomé de las Casas, jurisdicción voluntaria, consentimiento, derecho canónico, derecho civil
Siglo XVI


Relying on the principles of Natural law and the medieval juridical glosses on the Ius commune, this study examines Las Casas' final political proposals. It argues that the core of his late writings restores the Roman law concept of Voluntary jurisdiction and applies it to solving the entangled situation of the Indies in which the jurisdictional domains of the Church, the Spanish crown and the Amerindian polities had converged. Consent given freely and without pressure by every individual in Amerindian societies emerges as the only principle that would grant legitimacy to the Spanish presence in the Indies. By laying this conceptual groundwork, Las Casas enabled Amerindian and Spanish intellectuals to think beyond the Ius belli criteria.

Lee, Jongsoo. Mestizaje and the Creation of Mexican National Literature: Ángel María Garibay Kintana's Nahuatl Project.  / Mestizaje y la Creación de la Literatura nacional mexicana: Proyecto Nahuatl de Ángel María Garibay Kintana p. 889-912 México
Mestizaje, tradiciones indígenas, nacionalismo mexicano, Ángel María Garibay, literatura nahuatl


From the beginning of the twentieth century, numerous Mexican intellectuals attempted to construct a national identity through mestizaje, a mixture of indigenous and European races and cultures. In both historical research and artistic production, they focused on Prehispanic indigenous traditions as an essential part of Mexican national history. In this mestizo nationalism, however, Mexican intellectuals did not pay much attention to the original Prehispanic indigenous forms, and in many cases they recycled post-conquest indigenous traditions that had already been transformed. Thus, the indigenous traditions which appear in the discourses of mestizaje are reworked yet again by Westernized intellectuals in the name of Mexican nationalism. Ángel María Garibay's study of Nahuatl literature is perhaps the best example of this phenomenon. This article examines how Garibay constructs a Prehispanic Nahuatl literary tradition based on the colonial chronicles of the sixteenth-century Catholic missionaries and informed by the European concept of literature.

Khan, Zoya. ‘Pirate Utopias’: From the Archive to Homeless Writing in Edmundo Paz Soldán's Novels.  / ‘Utopías Piratas’: del archivo a la escritura sin hogar en las novelas de Edmundo Paz Soldán p. 913-937 Bolivia
Edmundo Paz Soldán, archivo, escritura sin hogar, pasado, esferas pública y privada, cuerpo, utopías


This article addresses three of Edmundo Paz Soldán's novels, Sueños digitales (2000), El delirio de Turing (2003), and Palacio Quemado (2006), to argue that they dismantle the archive, regarded by Roberto González Echevarría to be the epistemological cornerstone of Latin-American literature. These texts embrace an aesthetics of homeless writing which, rejecting the archive's legacy, expresses itself through a grammar immanent in the present and, hence, shorn of all prior conceptual frameworks. The essay further asserts that in these novels the past, the public and the private spheres and the body operate as containments that reinforce the archive's legacy. Accordingly, Paz Soldán's narratives work towards disencumbering writing from the confines of these three ‘archival’ paradigms in order to project homeless writing as the ebb and rise of ‘pirate utopias’ that constantly allude to a future community wherein any discursive home is chipped away even while it is being traced.

Bulletin of Spanish Studies
Papel | Versión digital con suscripción | Ocho veces al año | Reino Unido BSS
ISSN versión papel: 1475-3820
ISSN versión digital: 1478-3428
Año de creación: 1923

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