Constitutive Visions: Indigeneity and Commonplaces of National Identity in Republican Ecuador

Paperback | November 15, 2013

byChrista J. Olson

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In Constitutive Visions, Christa Olson presents the rhetorical history of republican Ecuador as punctuated by repeated arguments over national identity. Those arguments—as they advanced theories of citizenship, popular sovereignty, and republican modernity—struggled to reconcile the presence of Ecuador’s large indigenous population with the dominance of a white-mestizo minority. Even as indigenous people were excluded from civic life, images of them proliferated in speeches, periodicals, and artworks during Ecuador’s long process of nation formation. Tracing how that contradiction illuminates the textures of national-identity formation, Constitutive Visions places petitions from indigenous laborers alongside oil paintings, overlays woodblock illustrations with legislative debates, and analyzes Ecuador’s nineteen constitutions in light of landscape painting. Taken together, these juxtapositions make sense of the contradictions that sustained and unsettled the postcolonial nation-state.

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In Constitutive Visions, Christa Olson presents the rhetorical history of republican Ecuador as punctuated by repeated arguments over national identity. Those arguments—as they advanced theories of citizenship, popular sovereignty, and republican modernity—struggled to reconcile the presence of Ecuador’s large indigenous population wit...

Christa J. Olson is Assistant Professor of English at the University of Wisconsin–Madison.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.6 inPublished:November 15, 2013Publisher:Penn State University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0271061995

ISBN - 13:9780271061993

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Table of Contents

Contents

Preface: The Precarious Politics of Going There

Acknowledgments

Introduction: Scene Setting

Chapter 1: Constituting Citizenship

Chapter 2: Geography Is History

Chapter 3: Burdens of the Nation

Chapter 4: Dead Weight: The Indian as National Other

Chapter 5: Performing Strategic Indigeneity

Conclusion: ¿De Quién Es la Patria?

Notes

Bibliography

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Constitutive Visions brings readers a graphic-rich rhetorical history of nationalisms in Ecuador. Christa Olson makes a compelling argument showing how Ecuadorian national identity formations are a particularly valuable example for drawing out broader claims about the visual rhetoricity of nationalism.”

—Abigail Selzer King, Rhetoric & Public Affairs