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Travel, War, and the State in Latin America

The Desertmakers

By Javier Uriarte

© 2017 – Routledge

228 pages

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This book studies how the rhetoric of travel introduces different conceptualizations of space and time in scenarios of war during the last decades of the 19th century, in Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, and Uruguay. By examining accounts of war and travel in the context of the consolidation of state apparatuses in these countries, Uriarte underlines the essential role that war (in connection to empire and capital) has played in the Latin American process of modernization and state formation. In this book, the analysis of British and Latin American travel narratives proves particularly productive in reading the ways in which national spaces are reconfigured, reimagined, and reappropriated by the state apparatus. War turns out to be a central instrument not just for making possible this logic of appropriation, but also for bringing temporal notions such as modernization and progress to spaces that were described — albeit problematically — as being outside of history. The book argues that wars waged against "deserts" (as Patagonia, the sertão, Paraguay, and the Uruguayan countryside were described and imagined) were in fact means of generating empty spaces, real voids that were the condition for new foundations. The study of travel writing is an essential tool for understanding the transformations of space brought by war, and for analyzing in detail the forms and connotations of movement in connection to violence. Uriarte pays particular attention to the effects that witnessing war had on the traveler’s identity and on the relation that is established with the oikos or point of departure of their own voyage. Written at the intersection of literary analysis, critical geography, political science, and history, this bookwill be of interest to those studying Latin American literature, Travel Writing, and neocolonialism and Empire writing.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Making Deserts 1. Making War, Making States 2. War in Terra Incognita: Burton’s Letters from the Battle Fields of Paraguay 3. Celebrating Detour: Empire, War, and Nomadism in The Purple Land 4. The Desert as Museum and Tomb: War in Francisco Moreno’s Voyages to Patagonia 5. Forms of (in)visibility: Movement and Ruins in Euclides da Cunha’s Os sertões Epilogue: The Remains

About the Author

Javier Uriarte is Assistant Professor in the Department of Hispanic Languages and Literature, Stony Brook University, USA.

About the Series

Routledge Research in Travel Writing

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HIS024000
HISTORY / Latin America / General
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LITERARY CRITICISM / General
LIT004100
LITERARY CRITICISM / Caribbean & Latin American
LIT024040
LITERARY CRITICISM / Modern / 19th Century
LIT025030
LITERARY CRITICISM / Subjects & Themes / Politics