By Sylvia Molloy
This research of Spanish American autobiography from its beginnings within the post-colonial 19th century to the current day concentrates usually on cultural and ancient concerns. Spanish American autobiographies are interesting hybrids, frequently wielding numerous discourses without delay. They aspire to documentary prestige whereas unabashedly exalting the self, and reside on own adventure whereas purporting to be routines in historiography, the founding texts of a countrywide archive. Professor Molloy examines quite a lot of texts, from Sarmiento's Recuerdos de provincia to Victoria Ocampo's Autobiografia. She analyses their textual ideas, the time-honored affiliations they declare, their dating to the ecu canon and their discussion with precursor texts, in addition to their difficult use of reminiscence and the ideological implications in their repressive strategies. this system permits her to spot perceptions of self and tensions among self and different, therefore laying off mild at the fluctuating position of the topic inside of a group.
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Ana, esposa del Sor. Don Juan Manzano, tenia gusto de cada vez qu. iva a su famosa asienda el Molino de tomar las mas bonitas criollas, cuando eran de dies a onse afios; las traia consigo y dandoles una education conforme a su clase y condision, estaba siempre su casa llena de criadas ... "]* This casual anecdotal beginning, not unlike the opening of so many nineteenth-century novels, is deceptively innocent. For it is not, as might appear, the beginning of a novel told by a third-person narrator of which the Marquesa is the principal character; it is, instead, the beginning of the autobiography of the Marquesa's slave, Juan Francisco Manzano.
P. " Although "there was no material obstacle" to reading Telemaque at other times, "an obstacle existed, of a different nature": THE READER WITH THE BOOK IN HIS HAND 19 It came from the book itself, from its moldy pages, wonderful and defenseless. How could one act dishonorably with a book so noble? When Calypso, the nymph Eucharys, Telemaque and Neoptoleme disappeared behind the hood, it was best to leave them there till the following day, even if the desire to continue reading and living in such dazzling company consumed me.
In Spain, Campmany belongs to this family of writers who translate French writings and put them into circulation, decked out in Spanish terms, under the guarantee of their own signature. What we call plagiarism today was then erudition and wealth. I myself would prefer to listen once more to an author worthy of being read one hundred times over than to read the incomplete exercises produced by thoughts and styles still at an embryonic stage. Our national intelligence is as yet insufficiently developed to compete with those writers the world judges worthy of attention.