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FT-51471-03

Jerry M. Williams
West Chester University (West Chester, PA 19383-0001)

Lima Fundada: Identity Politics in a Providential Epic of Conquest

The 1732 epic poem chronicles the history of cultural-political formations and affirms Creole identity through an architecture of conquest influenced by French neoclassicism and revisionist Bourbon precepts about history. Acknowledging epic models of conquerors, Peralta shifts emphasis from a European to a Creole interpretation of the conquest, where it is defined by governance, service and development over arms, and by a concept of political discourse authorizing religious discourse (conquest of providentialism and a invitation to conquest). Summer research to write a introductory essay leading to publication of the scarce poem will center Peralta within the canon of Latin American letters by refocusing his unique Creole-identity politics.

Project fields:
Spanish Literature

Program:
Summer Stipends

Division:
Research Programs

Total amounts:
$5,000 (approved)
$5,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/1/2003 – 7/31/2003