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"Como antiguas estatuas de bronce" Sobre la disolución del clasicismo en la Relación histórica de un viaje a las regiones equinocciales del Nuevo Continente, de Alejandro de Humboldt*

Author(s): Oliver Lubrich

Journal: HiN. Alexander von Humboldt im Netz
ISSN 1617-5239

Volume: V;
Issue: 9;
Start page: 66;
Date: 2004;
Original page

Keywords: Alexander von Humboldt | Oliver Lubrich | Antiquity | Classizim | Relation historique

Article in Spanish, Abstracts in English, German and Spanish. "Like antique bronze statues" – Dissolving classicism in Alexander von Humboldt's Relation historique du Voyage aux Régions équinoxiales du Nouveau ContinentThe "antiquization" of America, using classicist motifs as imperial models of appropriation, is a central rhetorical strategy in Alexander von Humboldt's travelogue. Over the course of the colonial experience this discourse is infused with tension: metaphoric and metonymic types of references collide; positive and negative connotations are superimposed; incompatible modes of temporalization are contrasted; colonial as well as dissident identifications are laid out. The concept of "antiquity" is de-authorized, deconstructed. Readers witness the dissolution of European classicism as a politico-aesthetic 'dispositif' due to contact with cultural difference.
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