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Bello and Bolivar : Poetry and Politics in the Spanish American Revolution - Antonio Cussen

Bello and Bolivar

Poetry and Politics in the Spanish American Revolution

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Published: 29th May 1992
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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.

"This is a terrific book. The dramatic and forceful personalities of Spanish America's independence period have been well documented and their place in the world military history amply secured. With this book, Antonio Cussen resurrects the intellectual and cultural milieu within which Spanish America's independence generation existed, and reminds us just how much ideas and words mattered to them." H-Net Reviews "...a fascinating and eminently readable narrative about two historical figures (yes, even the bookish Bello) that I and many others find profoundly seductive." Elizabeth Garrels, Latin American Literary Review

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Caracas (1781û1810)
Augustan Caracas
Revolt
London (1810û1829)
Independence
The reconquest
The decided revolution
The new Augustus
The campaign of the monarchists
Poetry visits America
Agricultura
Bolívar poetics
Santiago: (1829û1865)
The liberal poets
The exile
Appendix
Notes
Bibliographical note
Index
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ISBN: 9780521412483
ISBN-10: 052141248X
Series: Cambridge Studies in Latin American and Iberian Literature
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 224
Published: 29th May 1992
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 1.6
Weight (kg): 0.5