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Epic of America : An Introduction to Rafael Landivar and the Rusticatio Mexicana - Andrew Laird

Epic of America

An Introduction to Rafael Landivar and the Rusticatio Mexicana

Hardcover Published: 27th July 2006
ISBN: 9780715632819
Number Of Pages: 320

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A lively introduction to the rich and complex tradition of Latin literature from colonial Spanish America, and to its best known author, the poet Rafael Landivar. Rafael Landivar is the best known of all the poets from the Americas to write in Latin. In the 15 books of his Rusticatio Mexicana (1782), he described - in vivid epic verse - the lakes, volcanoes, and wildlife of Mexico and his native Guatemala, as well as the livelihoods and recreations of the people of the region. This panorama of nature, culture and production in colonial New Spain took classical didactic poetry into a new world of political conflict. But Landivar also writes with a strongly personal voice- elegiac and pastoral modes convey the pathos of displacement and the poet's overwhelming nostalgia for his American homeland. Andrew Laird's introduction provides information about Landivar's life and exile to Italy, explains his diverse intellectual heritage, and collects his shorter works (translated into English here for the first time). A 1948 text of the Rusticatio Mexicana, with a translation by Graydon W. Regenos, is included in this volume. This accessible and stimulating account of 'the American Virgil' hi

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"'The Rusticatio Mexicana is a masterpiece... the last and worthiest descendant of Virgil's Georgics.' Josef Ijsewijn, Companion to Neo-Latin Studies"

Essay studies
Prologue : Landivar, Latin and colonialismp. 3
The circles of time : classical culture in colonial Mexico
The early impact of Greece and Rome on the New Worldp. 9
'Indian' Latinists in the 1500sp. 11
Baroque Latin literature in the 1600sp. 14
The Golden Age of Mexican Latin in the 1700sp. 19
Devotion and exile : Rafael Landivar and his earlier compositions
A life in Guatemala, Mexico and Italyp. 31
Pagan scripture and a Christian funeralp. 34
Poetic monuments in miniaturep. 40
The recollection of Arcadia : conception and design in the Rusticatio Mexicana
Reception of the poemp. 43
Ancient and early modern influencesp. 45
Dedication to Guatemala Cityp. 48
The defences in the Prefacep. 51
Epic structure and scientific formp. 53
Exile and the poet's voicep. 59
Functions of the sublimep. 61
Literary history, Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz and Cornelius Gallusp. 64
Allegories of ethnicity, conquest and colonialismp. 68
Afterwordp. 74
Texts and translations
Funebris Declamatio : the funeral declamation for Figueredo (1766)p. 97
The Marian poems : a Horatian ode and a Castilian sonnet (1779)p. 114
The Rusticatio Mexicana (1782), with a translation by Graydon W. Regenosp. 119
Notes on the funeral declamation and Marian Poemsp. 259
Landivar's notes to the Rusticatio Mexicana with additional commentaryp. 262
Record of baptism and Acta Defunctionis for Rafael Landivarp. 282
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ISBN: 9780715632819
ISBN-10: 0715632817
Audience: BAC
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 27th July 2006
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 18.42 x 16.51  x 3.18
Weight (kg): 0.61
Edition Number: 1