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El lenguaje politico de la regeneracion en Colombia y Mexico

Melgarejo Acosta, Maria del Pilar (2008) El lenguaje politico de la regeneracion en Colombia y Mexico. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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This dissertation concerns the production of a political language in Colombia and Mexico during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. I argue that this new political language emerged and was made intelligible through a rhetoric and vocabulary of national regeneration: the task of giving new life ("regenerating") to national populations becomes the common ground of political debate. My objects of study are the political essays and literary texts that were essential for producing and solidifying the idea of regeneration in two national contexts. Colombia and Mexico make a striking comparison in this regard. On the one hand, they represent a political dichotomy during the late nineteenth century: while Colombia was passing through an ascendant and newly aggressive conservativism, Mexico was embarking upon a long period of official liberalism that still reigns hegemonic today. And yet on the other hand, these political-historical contexts meet on the common ground of regeneration. It is illustrative to note that between the most reactionary conservatives in Colombia and the most radical liberals in Mexico, both shared a common thesis regarding their capacity to make vigorous a national society perceived to be in decay: both literally took a vocabulary of regeneration as their own. In Colombia, politician-writers such as Rafael Núñez (1888) and Miguel Antonio Caro (1886) would summarize their political task to the nation as nothing less than the choice between "regeneration or catastrophe". More explicitly literary writers, such as José Asunción Silva (1896 [1925]) took up the language of regeneration as a mode of social critique. In the political middle, the intellectuals in and around the more centrist Díaz regime (Ignacio Altamirano [1888], Justo Sierra [1885; 1900]) would recur constantly in their treatises, essays and novels to tropes of social regeneration. Precisely through a comparison of these two cases—at once divergent and convergent—this project will yield insight into larger relations between cultural production and nation-state consolidation throughout Latin America during a momentous historical period whose political reformations still resonate today.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Melgarejo Acosta, Maria del
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairLund, JoshuaJKL7@pitt.eduJKL7
Committee MemberMartin, Geraldgmmgmm@pitt.eduGMMGMM
Committee MemberDuchesne-Winter, Juanduchesne@pitt.eduDUCHESNE
Committee MemberPutnam, Laralep12@pitt.eduLEP12
Date: 25 January 2008
Date Type: Completion
Defense Date: 26 November 2007
Approval Date: 25 January 2008
Submission Date: 4 December 2007
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences > Hispanic Languages and Literatures
Degree: PhD - Doctor of Philosophy
Thesis Type: Doctoral Dissertation
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: Andres Bello; Colombia; De Sobremesa; El Zarco; Filosofia politica; Giorgio Agamben; Gramatica; Lenguaje politico; Literatura del siglo XIX; Literatura Latinoamericana; Mexico; Ignacio Altamirano; Jose Asuncion Silva; Justo Sierra; La Regeneracion; Rafael Nunez
Other ID:, etd-12042007-201538
Date Deposited: 10 Nov 2011 20:08
Last Modified: 15 Nov 2016 13:53


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