Bello and Bolivar: Poetry and Politics in the Spanish American Revolution

Bello and Bolivar: Poetry and Politics in the Spanish American Revolution

by Antonio Cussen
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0521111390

ISBN-13: 9780521111393

Pub. Date: 05/07/2009

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

In June 1810, the Venezuelans, fearful of French aggression, sent a diplomatic mission to London in search of an ally. The mission was headed by Símon Bolívar; the secretary was Andres Bello. Bello remained in London through the Spanish American Revolution and became one of the most accomplished members of the Spanish-speaking intelligentsia. In this book

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In June 1810, the Venezuelans, fearful of French aggression, sent a diplomatic mission to London in search of an ally. The mission was headed by Símon Bolívar; the secretary was Andres Bello. Bello remained in London through the Spanish American Revolution and became one of the most accomplished members of the Spanish-speaking intelligentsia. In this book, Antonio Cussen reconstructs Andres Bello's account of the Revolution. The official history of the Revolution, the heroic history of Bolívar, is replaced by the account of a poet, who was first Bolívar's teacher, and later his critic. Through a detailed study of the manuscripts of Bello's unfinished poem "América" the author argues that Bello recorded the disintegration of the Augustan model of power and culture and intimated the inevitable approach of liberalism with a certain longing for the classical culture of his youth.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521111393
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
05/07/2009
Series:
Cambridge Studies in Latin American and Iberian Literature Series, #6
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments; Introduction;
Part I. Caracas (1781-1810):
1. Augustan Caracas;
2. Revolt;
Part II. London (1810-1829);
3. Independence;
4. The reconquest;
5. The decided revolution;
6. The new Augustus;
7. The campaign of the monarchists;
8. Poetry visits America;
9. 'Agricultura';
10. Bolívar poetics;
Part III. Santiago: (1829-1865):
11. The liberal poets;
12. The exile; Appendix; Notes; Bibliographical note; Index.

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