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La tierra enferma: representaciones tempranas del Caribe y el discurso patológico.

Pérez Marín, Yarí

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Abstract

This essay traces the literary representation and discursive uses of disease as a trope in the historiographic materials surrounding Columbus’ second voyage to the Indies. Juxtaposing documents penned by Columbus himself with the accounts of other figures that accompanied him on that expedition, namely Diego Álvarez Chanca and Fray Ramón Pané, three dominant modes of understanding the topic emerge: illness as a real phenomenon, illness as a strategy for deception, and illness as myth. By comparing how and when each one is deployed, by whom and to what ends, the piece argues that, in contrast to portrayals that underscored the marvelous, pathological discourse provided a counter ciphering of the American landscape that early on already began to dismantle the notion of the New World as paradise.

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Pérez Marín, Y. (2011). La tierra enferma: representaciones tempranas del Caribe y el discurso patológico. Estudios - Universidad Simón Bolívar, 17(34), 261-285

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Feb 1, 2010
Publication Date 2011-07
Deposit Date Jun 11, 2012
Journal Estudios
Print ISSN 0798-958X
Publisher Universidad Simón Bolívar, Venezuela
Volume 17
Issue 34
Pages 261-285
Publisher URL http://www.revistaestudios.ll.usb.ve/es/node/52