240 pp., 6 x 9, 6 halftones, bibl
Paperback ISBN: 978-0-8078-9268-8
Published: January 1999
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Distributed for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Department of Romance Studies
Mariselle Meléndez studies the dynamics of colonial subject identity construction as elaborated in the exemplary eighteenth-century travel book, El lazarillo de ciegos caminantes (A Guide for Inexperienced Travelers ). She analyzes elements of race and gender to argue that they become essential parts of the colonialist project which the author articulates throughout his travel diary by means of the voices of his two narrators: the Spanish Visitador Alonso Carrió de la Vandera and his companion and amanuensis, Calixto Bustamente Carlos Inca. Meléndez shows how racial and cultural hybridity constitute unstable elements for the colonialist agenda proposed by the author.