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Foundational Landscapes: Nature, Nation and State in 19th Century Literature

Carlos Fonseca

Required Readings (see Moodle).

Please bring these readings to the seminar (either in hard copy or on a laptop), as we will be referring to them in detail during the discussion.

  • Adelman, Jeremy “An Age of Imperial Revolution” (2008)
  • Bolívar, Simón. Cartagena Manifesto (1812), Letter of Jamaica (1815)
  • Sarmiento, Domingo Faustino. Facundo (1845, 1851) (Introduction, Chapters 1-4)

Further Suggested Reading


  • Bello, Andrés .'Ode to Tropical Agriculture' (1826) in F. López-Morillas (ed.), Andrés Bello: Selected Writing (1997)
  • Von Humboldt, Alexander. Personal Narrative of a Journey to the Equinoctial Regions of the New Continent (English edition, 1851) (Chaper 11&14)
  • Manzano, Juan Francisco (Cuba), Autobiografía de un esclavo (1839). Translation available (E. Picon Garfield 1996).
  • Hernández, José. Martín Fierro  (1872, 1879)
  • Martí, José. “Nuestra América” (1891)
  • Euclides Da Cunha. Os Sertões: campanha de Canudos (1902)

Criticism and Theory

  • Abrams, Phillip. “Notes on the Difficulty of Studying the State” (1988)
  • Agamben, Giorgio. State of Exception (2005)
  • Andermann, Jens. The Optic of the State (2007)
  • Bhabha, Homi K. (ed.), Nation and Narration (1990)
  • Fischer, Sibylle. Modernity Disavowed (2004)
  • Foucault, Michel. Discipline and Punishment (Excerpt on Panopticism)
  • Piglia, Ricardo. “Notas sobre el Facundo” (Punto de Vista 8, 1980)
  • Pratt, Mary Louise. Imperial Eyes (1993) (Intro, Chapters 7&8)
  • Rojas, Rafael. Las Repúblicas del Aire (2009)
  • Sommer, Doris. Foundational Fictions. The National Romances of Latin America (1993) (Chapter 1: Parts I & II) [pdf]
  • W.J.T Mitchell, Landscape and Power (2002)