The Poetics of Empire in the Indies: Prophecy and Imitation in La Araucana and Os Lusíadas by James Nicolopulos

The Poetics of Empire in the Indies: Prophecy and Imitation in La Araucana and Os Lusíadas

byJames Nicolopulos

Paperback | June 11, 2004

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In The Poetics of Empire in the Indies, James Nicolopulos investigates literary representations of sixteenth-century Iberian colonialism and imperialism by analyzing Alonso de Ercilla’s "La Araucana," a narrative poem that recounts the initial phases of the Spanish conquest of Chile in the mid-sixteenth century, and Luis de Camoens’s "Os Lusíadas," the epic celebration of early Portuguese maritime expansion in the Indian Ocean and beyond.

Delving into the epic traditions of the Classical, Medieval, and Renaissance periods, Nicolopulos outlines practices of imitation within the two poems, focusing specifically on the employment of epic models in "La Araucana." Having made powerful connections to Ercilla’s literary and critical predecessors, Nicolopulos demonstrates that the contemporaneous publication of "Os Lusíadas" further affected the content and presentation of "La Araucana." In so doing, he elucidates the rivalries—poetic, political, commercial—between Spain and Portugal during this age of expansion.

An investigation into imitation and representation in colonial texts, The Poetics of Empire in the Indies offers new connections between two early literary representations of Iberian imperialism.

About The Author

James Nicolopulos is Assistant Professor of Spanish at the University of Texas at Austin. He collaborated with Chris Strachwitz on Lydia Mendoza: A Family Autobiography (1993) and has published his work in the journal Lucero and in Aspects on Medieval and Renaissance Translation in the Iberian Peninsula (ed. Roxana Recio, 1994) James N...

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Title:The Poetics of Empire in the Indies: Prophecy and Imitation in La Araucana and Os LusíadasFormat:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.84 inPublished:June 11, 2004Publisher:Penn State University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0271024933

ISBN - 13:9780271024936

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“Yet for its acuity and rigor of reading, for its thorough accounting of the contours and coordinates of the epic traditions and conventions, for its sustained attention to the details and differentia specifica of the two texts compared, for its demystification of the discursive logic of imperialism, and for its contestation and reformulation of a theory of imitatio, The Poetics of Empire in the Indies can justly be reckoned as an impressive and consequential intervention in the areas of comparative literature, Renaissance studies, and colonial discourse analysis all at once.”—Azfar Hussain, Rocky Mountain Review