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A Geography of Hard Times: Narratives about Travel to South America, 1780-1849: Perez Mejia, Angela

A Geography of Hard Times: Narratives about Travel to South America, 1780-1849

Perez Mejia, Angela

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ISBN 10: 0791460134 / ISBN 13: 9780791460139
Published by State University of New York Press, Albany, NY, 2004
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In a well-written research work, Ángela Pérez-Mejía puts on display examples of European men and women, from different backgrounds, who defined "Latin America" during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, before the French term existed. Voyages by the botanist José Celestino Mutis, the geographer Alexander von Humboldt, the historian Maria Graham, and the French feminist and activist Flora Tristán outline the parameters of Pérez-Mejía's work. In excellent condition inscribed by the author. Size: 6½" - 9" First printing First printing First printing. Bookseller Inventory # 273578

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Title: A Geography of Hard Times: Narratives about ...

Publisher: State University of New York Press, Albany, NY

Publication Date: 2004

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:As new

Signed: Inscribed by author

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This fascinating glimpse into South America's past focuses on the works of four European voyagers who came to South America and left a legacy of travel writing in their wake: Jose Celestino Mutis, a Spanish botanist and doctor; Alexander von Humboldt, a German geographer; Maria Graham, a British historian; and Flora Tristan, a French feminist and labor activist whose father was Peruvian. Each took on his or her voyage as a personal endeavor, and collectively their travels covered the Andes from its northern traces in Venezuela to the southern heights of Chile and Arequipa. Their writing contributed to the construction of a complex map of the Andes in which many levels of physical and social geography may be read. By analyzing the travelers' narratives, illustrations, and maps, Angela Perez-Mejia unravels the rich complexities of the colonial travel experience, explores its impact on both the object of description and the traveler's subjectivity, and the collective readership seeking a discourse of nationhood.

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Angela Perez-Mejia is an Associate Professor in the Romance and Comparative Literature Department at Brandeis University. The Spanish version of this book won honorable mention in the literary essay category, International Literary Prize, Casa de las Americas, Cuba, 2000.

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