The Poetics of Empire in the Indies: Prophecy and Imitation in La Araucana and Os Lusíadas

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In The Poetics of Empire in the Indies, James Nicolopulos investigates literary representations of sixteenth-century Iberian colonialism and imperialism by analyzing Alonso de Ercilla’s "La Araucana," a narrative poem that recounts the initial phases of the Spanish conquest of Chile in the mid-sixteenth century, and Luis de Camoens’s "Os Lusíadas," the epic celebration of early Portuguese maritime expansion in the Indian Ocean and beyond.

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Overview

In The Poetics of Empire in the Indies, James Nicolopulos investigates literary representations of sixteenth-century Iberian colonialism and imperialism by analyzing Alonso de Ercilla’s "La Araucana," a narrative poem that recounts the initial phases of the Spanish conquest of Chile in the mid-sixteenth century, and Luis de Camoens’s "Os Lusíadas," the epic celebration of early Portuguese maritime expansion in the Indian Ocean and beyond.

Delving into the epic traditions of the Classical, Medieval, and Renaissance periods, Nicolopulos outlines practices of imitation within the two poems, focusing specifically on the employment of epic models in "La Araucana." Having made powerful connections to Ercilla’s literary and critical predecessors, Nicolopulos demonstrates that the contemporaneous publication of "Os Lusíadas" further affected the content and presentation of "La Araucana." In so doing, he elucidates the rivalries—poetic, political, commercial—between Spain and Portugal during this age of expansion.

An investigation into imitation and representation in colonial texts, The Poetics of Empire in the Indies offers new connections between two early literary representations of Iberian imperialism.

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“It is an important, thorough, Borgesquely instructive mapping of Iberian mantic imperialism in the 1570s, worth close reading itself.”

—Fabio Lopez-Lazaro, South Central Review

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“It is an important, thorough, Borgesquely instructive mapping of Iberian mantic imperialism in the 1570s, worth close reading itself.”

—Fabio Lopez-Lazaro, South Central Review

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Nicolopulos (Spanish, U. of Texas-Austin) investigates the literary representation of 16th-century colonialism by analyzing Alonso de Ercilla's , a narrative poem recounting the initial phases of the Spanish conquest of Chile, and Luis de Camoens' adas/>, an epic celebration of early Portuguese maritime expansion in and beyond the Indian Ocean. He also looks at how they reveal poetic, political, and commercial rivalries between Spain and Portugal at the time. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780271019901
  • Publisher: Penn State University Press
  • Publication date: 6/28/2000
  • Series: Studies in Romance Literatures
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 6.35 (w) x 9.28 (h) x 1.26 (d)

Meet the Author

James Nicolopulos is Assistant Professor of Spanish at the University of Texas at Austin. He collaborated with Chris Strachwitz on Lydia Mendoza: A Family Autobiography (1993) and has published his work in the journal Lucero and in Aspects on Medieval and Renaissance Translation in the Iberian Peninsula (ed. Roxana Recio, 1994)

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Table of Contents

Preface ix
Introduction 1
1 "Con que ilustrar pudiese mas su historia": The Crisis of Imitation in the Araucana 21
2 Ercilla's Eclectic Web of Epic Prophecy 65
3 Ercilla's Literary Necromancy: Shades of Lucan and Juan de Mena in Fiton's Cave 119
4 The Light of Lusiadas in Fiton's Cave: Inscribing Imperial Rivalry in Magic Crystals 175
5 Plotting Imperial Rivalry: The Mapaemundi of the Lusiadas and the Araucana 221
Notes 271
Works Cited 307
Index 319
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