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

Date of Award




Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

First Committee Member

Viviana Diaz-Balsera - Committee Chair


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.


Literature, Latin American; History, Latin American

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