The Spacious Word

The Spacious Word

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The Spacious Word explores the history of Iberian expansion into the Americas as seen through maps and cartographic literature, and considers the relationship between early Spanish ideas of the world and the origins of European colonialism. Spanish mapmakers and writers, as PadrA³n shows, clung to a much older idea of space that was based on the itineraries of travel narratives and medieval navigational techniques. PadrA³n contends too that maps and geographic writings heavily influenced the Spanish imperial imagination. During the early modern period, the idea of qAmericaq was still something being invented in the minds of Europeans. Maps of the New World, letters from explorers of indigenous civilizations, and poems dramatizing the conquest of distant lands, then, helped Spain to redefine itself both geographically and imaginatively as an Atlantic and even global empire. In turn, such literature had a profound influence on Spanish ideas of nationhood, most significantly its own. Elegantly conceived and meticulously researched, The Spacious Word will be of enormous interest to historians of Spain, early modern literature, and cartography.For further discussion, see Wagner (1944, 255-63) and especially Clendinnen ( 1993. ... the letter and the Mesoamertcan map could have arrived in Germany, where Charles V found himself at the time, without passing through Seville. ... For help in identifying these features of the map, see the diagram in Cones (2001, 25) .

Title:The Spacious Word
Author:Ricardo Padrón
Publisher:University of Chicago Press - 2004-02-01


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