Instable Puente

La construcción del letrado criollo en la obra de Juan de Espinosa Medrano

By Juan M. Vitulli

Instable Puente

286 pp., 6 x 9, notes, bibl., index

  • Paperback ISBN: 978-1-4696-0997-3
    Published: April 2013

North Carolina Studies in the Romance Languages and Literatures

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Distributed for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Department of Romance Studies

Instable Puente: La construcción del letrado criollo en la obra de Juan de Espinosa Medrano is the first complete study of the life and works of this 17th century Peruvian priest who is considered today the most significant letrado criollo (creole man of letters). In particular, the book focuses on how Juan de Espinosa Medrano composes an ensemble of texts (a treatise on poetry, theater, and several sermons) that demonstrates his ability to master the European literary code, while simultaneously undermining the supposed natural preeminence of Spanish intellectuals over the colonized. The book integrates Peninsular Spanish and Latin American cultures through the common field of the Baroque, without losing track of the explicit differences of each. Instable Puente undertakes a comprehensive analysis of the complete works of Espinosa Medrano in the context of the cultures, religious beliefs, economic structures, and political institutions of its day.

About the Author

Juan Vitulli is assistant professor of Iberian and Latin American Literatures and Cultures at the University of Notre Dame.
For more information about Juan M. Vitulli, visit the Author Page.