Title

Positions of convenience: Cultural identity and the politics of suppression, conformity, and ambiguity in late Colonial Peru

Date of Award

2006

Availability

Article

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

First Committee Member

Viviana Diaz-Balsera, Committee Chair

Abstract

My project centered on the cultural and textual productions of a number of diverse social actors (Peninsulars, Creoles and Andean) in late colonial Peru. By focusing on how these heterogeneous social actors constructed or conceived their identities---either by complying with, or by resisting the Spanish Empire's cultural ideals---I have shed light on how the cultural identities imagined in this period similarly produced a conservative, fearful, exclusive and hegemonic colonial discourse that has influenced the creation of postcolonial Peru. This study spans the periods of 1771--1773, the dates of Alonso Carrio de la Vandera's reformist expedition to the New World; 1780--1784, the dates of the Tupac Amaru II Rebellion and its aftermath presented in Jose Rafael Sahuaraura's Estado del Peru, and; the years of the periodical El Mercurio Peruano, 1790--1795. A recommendation for further study is enclosed.

Keywords

Literature, Latin American; History, Latin American

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