Faculty Book: Raquel Chang-Rodríguez, ed.
Raquel Chang-Rodríguez, ed.
Entre la espada y la pluma. El Inca Garcilaso de la Vega y sus “Comentarios reales” (Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú, 2010)
Royal Commentaries (1609, 1617) by Garcilaso de la Vega Inca, the first great Spanish-American writer and the first American historian of the Americas, is considered a key text to understand Inca civilization as well as the impact of Spanish colonialism in the New World. The eleven essays collected in Entre la espada y la pluma include a study by Mario Vargas Llosa, the 2010 Nobel Prize winner in literature, and other leading authorities in history, literature, and anthropology on the occasion of the fourth centenary of the publication in Lisbon (1609) of this chronicle. Their interdisciplinary research and the introduction by the editor offer a distinct approach to rereading this fundamental book, one that strives to place it within a larger cultural context and underscores its modernity. Raquel Chang-Rodríguez (City) is a distinguished professor of Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian Literatures and Languages at the Graduate Center.
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Submitted on: APR 1, 2010