The Creole Invention of Peru: Ethnic Nation and Epic Poetry in Colonial Lima

by José Antonio Mazzotti


"No other study has attempted what this book has done. The Creole Invention of Peru takes into account the whole domain of epic poetry written in the viceroyalty of Peru, helpfully juxtaposing it to the epics of the viceroyalty of New Spain (Mexico) and Spain. Identifying persistent themes and their variations, this book advances the question: what can we say it all means? The book’s organization allows the reader to select topics and authors at will but also to follow its unfolding arguments in the consecutive reading of the chapters. The book excels in clarity and accessibility, a feat not easily achieved, given the variety of cases presented and the complexity of argumentation applied. This is a significant contribution to the study of the literature of the Spanish viceroyalties as well as that of the era of Latin American Independence." — Rolena Adorno, Sterling Professor of Spanish, Yale University

"A valuable addition that brings attention to the cultural production of Latin American and Spanish authors at several historical moments. The epic poems portray the realities confronted by the Spanish conquistador and the indigenous people in the Americas during the Spanish invasion, while also offering unique insights into the models of colonization in diverse geographical areas. José Antonio Mazzotti has done a superb job in examining the ways in which these literary texts provide a detailed account of historical events from the Latin American point of view and offering a postcolonial critique of these events. The book provides historical background that will be very helpful for a non-specialized audience. At the same time, it is a valuable scholarly resource because it provides a comprehensive overview of the cultural production of the period, the importance of literary studies, and how scholars have interpreted it in recent times. The detailed analysis of epic poems, chronicles, and archival documents constitutes a significant cultural, literary, and ethno-historical contribution that is essential for a deeper understanding of colonialism in the Americas, giving the reader an important first-hand testimony on the political, cultural, and social life of indigenous people in the Americas.” — Raúl Marrero-Fente, Professor of Spanish and Law, University of Minnesota


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