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The Resource City at the center of the world : space, history, and modernity in Quito, Ernesto Capello

City at the center of the world : space, history, and modernity in Quito, Ernesto Capello

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City at the center of the world : space, history, and modernity in Quito
Title
City at the center of the world
Title remainder
space, history, and modernity in Quito
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Ernesto Capello
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Language
eng
Summary
"In the seventeenth century, local Jesuits and Franciscans imagined Quito as the "new Rome." It was the site of miracles and home of saintly inhabitants, the origin of crusades into the surrounding wilderness, and the purveyor of civilization to the entire region. By the early twentieth century, elites envisioned the city as the heart of a modern, advanced society--poised at the physical and metaphysical centers of the world. In this original cultural history, Ernesto Capello analyzes the formation of memory, myth, and modernity through the eyes of Quito's diverse populations. By employing Mikhail Bakhtin's concept of chronotopes, Capello views the configuration of time and space in narratives that defined Quito's identity and its place in the world. He explores the proliferation of these imaginings in architecture, museums, monuments, tourism, art, urban planning, literature, religion, indigenous rights, and politics. To Capello, these tropes began to crystallize at the end of the nineteenth century, serving as a tool for distinct groups who laid claim to history for economic or political gain during the upheavals of modernism. As Capello reveals, Quito's society and its stories mutually constituted each other. In the process of both destroying and renewing elements of the past, each chronotope fed and perpetuated itself. Modern Quito thus emerged at the crux of Hispanism and Liberalism, as an independent global society struggling to keep the memory of its colonial and indigenous roots alive"-- Provided by publisher
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Capello, Ernesto.
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Series statement
Pitt Latin American studies
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  • Quito (Ecuador)
  • Quito (Ecuador)
  • Quito (Ecuador)
  • Collective memory
  • Historic preservation
  • Place (Philosophy)
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City at the center of the world : space, history, and modernity in Quito, Ernesto Capello
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p.263-282) and index
Contents
The politics and poetics of regionalism -- Mapping the center of the world -- Hispanismo: site, heritage, memory -- Governance and the sovereign Cabildo -- The Durini cosmopolis: crafting a hyphenated vernacular architecture -- A phantasmagoric dystopia -- Santa Clara de San Millán: the politics of indigenous genealogy
Control code
ocn728656757
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xx, 290 p.
Isbn
9780822961666
Lccn
2011021269
Other physical details
ill., maps
Label
City at the center of the world : space, history, and modernity in Quito, Ernesto Capello
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p.263-282) and index
Contents
The politics and poetics of regionalism -- Mapping the center of the world -- Hispanismo: site, heritage, memory -- Governance and the sovereign Cabildo -- The Durini cosmopolis: crafting a hyphenated vernacular architecture -- A phantasmagoric dystopia -- Santa Clara de San Millán: the politics of indigenous genealogy
Control code
ocn728656757
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xx, 290 p.
Isbn
9780822961666
Lccn
2011021269
Other physical details
ill., maps

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