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Naturaleza y letras: Emerson, Bello, Rodríguez y la ansiedad posrevolucionaria

Abstract

Three American thinkers offer graduation speeches to their post-independence publics.

Briggs, Ronald. “Naturaleza y letras: Emerson, Bello, Rodríguez y la ansiedad posrevolucionaria.” Revista de Humanidades: Tecnológico de Monterrey 19 (2005): 43-62.

This essay analyzes the use of the student as a metaphor for the independent republic in three educationally tinged essays on intellectual independence. Noting the contextual and rhetorical similarities between Ralph Waldo Emerson, Andrés Bello, and Simón Rodríguez, it reads these thinkers against one another to reveal the rhetorical strategies by which they seek to appropriate a cultural tradition without falling under its spell.

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