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A Napoleonic Bolívar: Historical Analogy, Desengaño, and the Spanish/Creole Consciousness

Abstract

An analysis of the symbolic life of Simón Bolívar in the rhetoric of Peruvian nationalism.

Briggs, Ronald. “A Napoleonic Bolívar: Historical Analogy, Desengaño, and the Spanish/Creole Consciousness.” Journal of Spanish Cultural Studies 11.3-4 (2010): 337-52. Print.

This article takes a contextualized look at the varied assessments of Simón Bolívar in the writings of the Lima-born politician and jurist Manuel Lorenzo de Vidaurre (1773-1841). It analyzes Vidaurre’s intensive use of analogies from Greek and Roman mythology and the Napoleonic Wars to show the thread of colonial identity that runs through his most strident defenses of Peruvian independence. It argues that Vidaurre’s choices of metaphor frame Peruvian nationalism in the language of loyalty to Madrid.

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