Link to the University of Pittsburgh Homepage
Link to the University Library System Homepage Link to the Contact Us Form


Shaw, Parker (2016) BOYSCOUTISMO AS CHILEAN NATIONAL LITERATURE: MASCULINITIES, MILITARISM AND NATIONHOOD. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

Primary Text

Download (1MB)


“Boyscoutismo as Chilean National Literature: Militarism, Masculinity and Citizenship” situates the narratives, essays, and poetry of Chilean Boy Scout publications as a neglected literary institution and cultural movement, scoutismo, within the broader literary and social currents of the first half of the 20th century in Latin America. Literary and cultural scholars are not the only observers who have overlooked the literariness of the Chilean Scout movement. The youth organization itself has often understated and underestimated its own distinction as a literary phenomenon. My reading of Chilean Scout texts finds, contrary to the organization’s overt privileging of physical activities and its manifest wariness of intellectualism, that active participation in Scouting involves a tremendous engagement with literary texts, both those that have influenced the movement and those which Scouting has produced. To engage in scoutismo, that is, to perform Chilean masculinities (often informed by notions of militarism), is far more than tying knots, tracking animals, and camping. It is also consumption and production of literature. My study theorizes scoutismo as a literary discourse in which concepts of gender, national citizenship, and militarism clash to construct meanings of Chilean identity.


Social Networking:
Share |


Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairLamana, Gonzalolamana@pitt.eduLAMANA
Committee MemberSotomayor-Miletti, Áurea Maríaams389@pitt.eduAMS389
Committee MemberBeverley, Johnbrq@pitt.eduBRQ
Committee MemberMecchia, Giuseppinamecchia@pitt.eduMECCHIA
Date: 22 January 2016
Date Type: Publication
Defense Date: 12 October 2015
Approval Date: 22 January 2016
Submission Date: 6 November 2015
Access Restriction: 5 year -- Restrict access to University of Pittsburgh for a period of 5 years.
Number of Pages: 257
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: Boy Scout Literature, Chile, Robert Baden-Powell, Scouting for Boys, Masculinities, Nation, Militarism, Ariel, José Enrique Rodó
Date Deposited: 22 Jan 2016 16:45
Last Modified: 22 Jan 2021 06:15


Monthly Views for the past 3 years

Plum Analytics

Actions (login required)

View Item View Item