Espectros y Conjuras by Carlos Jáuregui

Congratulations to Kellogg Faculty Fellow Carlos Jáuregui (romance languages and literatures) on the publication of his book Espectros y Conjuras: Asedios a la Cuestión Colonial (Spectra and Conspiracies: Sieges to the Colonial Question).

The book is published by Iberoamericana/Vervuert press (Frankfurt /Madrid) with the support of the Proyecto de Investigación de Excelencia (Excellence Research Project) of MINECO, the Ministerio de Economía y Competitividad del Gobierno de España (Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness, Government of Spain).

Espectros y Conjuras revisits Jacques Derrida's notion of conjure (as exorcism, invocation, and conspiracy) to speak of a series of texts that symbolically try to subjugate the “Other” to the order of writing, triggering a sort of return of the repressed (ie, otherness, violence, horror – exorcized by the text – return as textual ruptures and anomalies). Espectros y Conjuras includes seven chapters, on Bernal Díaz del Castillo, Alvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca, Bartolomé de Las Casas, Michael de Carvajal, Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, Antônio-Vieira, José-de-Anchieta, and others.

 

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