The Darker Side of the Renaissance: Literacy, Territoriality, & Colonization

The Darker Side of the Renaissance Literacy Territoriality Colonization The Darker Side of the Renaissance weaves together literature semiotics history historiography cartography and cultural theory to examine the role of language in the colonization of the New World

  • Title: The Darker Side of the Renaissance: Literacy, Territoriality, & Colonization
  • Author: Walter D. Mignolo
  • ISBN: 9780472089314
  • Page: 444
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Darker Side of the Renaissance weaves together literature, semiotics, history, historiography, cartography, and cultural theory to examine the role of language in the colonization of the New World Exploring the many connections among writing, social organization, and political control, including how alphabetic writing is linked with the exercise of power, Walter D MiThe Darker Side of the Renaissance weaves together literature, semiotics, history, historiography, cartography, and cultural theory to examine the role of language in the colonization of the New World Exploring the many connections among writing, social organization, and political control, including how alphabetic writing is linked with the exercise of power, Walter D Mignolo claims that European forms of literacy were at the heart of New World colonization It has long been acknowledged that Amerindians were at a disadvantage in facing European invaders because native cultures did not employ the same kind of texts hence knowledge that the Europeans valued Yet no one but Mignolo has so thoroughly examined either the process or the implications of conquest and destruction through language The book continues to challenge commonplace understandings of New World history and to stimulate new colonial and postcolonial scholarship.Walter D Mignolo is Professor in the Department of Romance Studies and the Program in Literature, Duke University.

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    • Walter D. Mignolo

      Walter D Mignolo is an Argentine semiotician cole des Hautes tudes and professor at Duke University, who has published extensively on semiotics and literary theory, and worked on different aspects of the modern and colonial world, exploring concepts such as global coloniality, the geopolitics of knowledge, transmodernity, border thinking, and pluriversality.

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    • Modern Western philosophy is born out of the early colonizing experience in the Americas, according to Walter Mignolo. More specifically, Western ontology, phenomenology, hermeneutics, and cartography constructed the European “self” in contrast to the colonial (Amerindian) “other.” This construction of European-self came hand-in-hand in framing a worldview with Europe at its core. The origins of Western philosophy are currently formed around the writings of Kant and Hegel, in which the E [...]


    • Categorizing this under "theory" because it's utterly choked with pomo and poco bullshit jargon that does more to obscure the meaning of the text than to elucidate in any helpful way the hermeneutics of Mignolo's approach. In this case, theory is a dirty word.That said, this book is nowhere near so terrifyingly dense or incomprehensible as I had been led to believe it would be. Argues that the modern Occidentalization of the world can be traced back to the Renaissance, when the European struggle [...]


    • A lot of interesting information and connections, and I'm down with Mignolo's politics. On these terms, its a 5 star book.But the info is buried under verbose and pompous literary jargon that really mitigates, and often replaces altogether, what could be the historical core and thesis of the book. (I really hate it when pedantic academic language substitutes for thesis and substance). He talks so much about "pluritopical hermeneutics" that he forgets to actually do it.It could have been a 200 pa [...]


    • El lado oscuro del Renacimiento subraya la reaparición de la tradición clásica como justificación de la expansión colonial. Imperio Pág.90



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