This second issue of the Delaware Review of Latin American Studies consists of two articles of literary interest--one on anthropophagy and literary logophagy in Argentina by Dr. Hugo Hortiguera, and a second on German influence in Latin American Romanticism by Dr. Alfred Wedel--and an interview of Dr. Juan Carlos Martínez, a geneticist at the University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez, whose work in identifying the mitochondrial DNA of Puerto Ricans has served to cast doubt on some traditional beliefs concerning the fate of the Amerindian population of Puerto Rico.
We hope that these three works expand current knowledge in these subjects, and we invite your comments on the journal and its contents. We also invite Latin Americanists who work throughout the region to send us their work. We look forward to your paticipation in this scholarly venture.
(Latin American Studies Program, University of Delaware, Newark, DE, 2000-08-15) Hortiguera, Hugo
The XVI century chronicles written
about the early settlers of Buenos Aires start with frequent references
cannibalism. In fact, the first writers who describe the beginning of
the European presence in the region do not
hesitate to stress the emptiness
of those lands which would have driven the newcomers insane and would have
them to cannibalistic acts. During the following centuries, this
motif was extended to the literary discourse as a
Argentinean writers interested in writing about their milieu always considered
in an "empty" literary scenario which compelled them
to "consume" or cannibalize other writers' words and cultures.
became logofagia. Parody and pastiche of other [para]literatures
were the devices they found to
survive in those deserted lands. The aim
of this article is to review the different aspects and the deveolpment
concept of antropofagia/logofagia as a motif and as a discursive