Jesuit Accounts of the Colonial Americas: Intercultural Transfers Intellectual Disputes, and Textualities

Edited by Marc André Bernier, Clorinda Donato, and Hans-Jürgen Lüsebrink

© 2014

In recent years scholars have turned their attention to the rich experience of the Jesuits in France and Spain’s American colonies. That attention has brought a flow of new editions and translations of Jesuit accounts of the Americas; it is now time for a study that examines the full range of that work in a comparative perspective. Jesuit Accounts of the Colonial Americas offers the first comprehensive examination of such writings and the role they played in solidifying images of the Americas.

The collection also provides a much-needed re-examination of the work of the Jesuits in relation to Enlightenment ideals and the modern social sciences and humanities – two systems of thought that have in the past appeared radically opposed, but which are brought together here under the rubric of modern ethnographic knowledge. Linking Jesuit texts, the rhetorical tradition, and the newly emerging anthropology of the Enlightenment, this collection traverses the vast expanses of Old and New World France and Spain in fascinating new ways.

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Linking Jesuit texts, the rhetorical tradition, and the newly emerging anthropology of the Enlightenment, this collection traverses the vast expanses of Old and New World France and Spain in fascinating new ways.

Jesuit Accounts of the Colonial Americas: Intercultural Transfers Intellectual Disputes, and Textualities

Edited by Marc André Bernier, Clorinda Donato, and Hans-Jürgen Lüsebrink

© 2014

In recent years scholars have turned their attention to the rich experience of the Jesuits in France and Spain’s American colonies. That attention has brought a flow of new editions and translations of Jesuit accounts of the Americas; it is now time for a study that examines the full range of that work in a comparative perspective. Jesuit Accounts of the Colonial Americas offers the first comprehensive examination of such writings and the role they played in solidifying images of the Americas.

The collection also provides a much-needed re-examination of the work of the Jesuits in relation to Enlightenment ideals and the modern social sciences and humanities – two systems of thought that have in the past appeared radically opposed, but which are brought together here under the rubric of modern ethnographic knowledge. Linking Jesuit texts, the rhetorical tradition, and the newly emerging anthropology of the Enlightenment, this collection traverses the vast expanses of Old and New World France and Spain in fascinating new ways.

Continue Reading Read Less

Product Details

  • Series: UCLA Clark Memorial Library Series
  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 480 pages
  • Illustrations: 1
  • Dimensions: 6.5in x 1.3in x 9.3in
  • Reviews

    ‘This is an outstanding contribution, one that focuses primarily on the literary and philosophical nature of Enlightenment period Jesuit accounts of America.’


    Sabine Hyland
    Renaissance Quarterly vol 68:04:2014

    ‘This book will be useful for scholars willing to know more about the role of American Jesuits at the turn to modernity… It will stimulate further studies about the relationship of American Jesuits with the dissemination of knowledge they produced.’


    Pablo Abascal Sherwll Raull
    The Sixteenth Century Journal vol 47:04:2016

    "This volume is indeed an important contribution in the field of Jesuit studies... "


    Journal of Early Modern History 22

    Jesuit Accounts of the Colonial Americas constitutes a significant and important contribution to research in a dynamic field of study that is currently undergoing an intense scholarly renewal. The comparative angle, the theoretical contributions, the focus on the complex and lesser-known eighteenth century, and the prominent role given to the impact of the expulsion of the Jesuits make this an outstanding collection.”


    Andreas Motsch, Department of French, University of Toronto
  • Author Information

    Marc André Bernier is the Canada Research Chair in Rhetoric at l’Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières.


    Clorinda Donato is the George L. Graziadio Chair of Italian Studies and professor of French and Italian at California State University, Long Beach.


    Hans-Jürgen Lüsebrink is the Chair of Romance Cultural Studies and Intercultural Communication at Universität des Saarlandes.
  • Table of contents

    Acknowledgements

    Introduction

    Marc André Bernier (Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières, French Literature), Clorinda Donato (California State University, French and Italian), Hans-Jürgen Lüsebrink (Universität des Saarbrücken, Chair of Romance Cultural Studies and Intercultural Communication)

    Part I: Intercultural Transfers

    1. A Peculiar Idea of Empire. Missions and Missionaries of the Society of Jesus in Early Modern History
      Girolamo Imbruglia (University “l’Orientale” in Naples, Humanities and Social Sciences)
    2. The Politics of Writing, Translating, and Publishing. New World Histories in Post-Expulsion Italy: Filippo Salvatore Gilij’s 1784 Saggio di Storia Americana
      Clorinda Donato
    3. Imagining the Kingdom of Quito: Reading History and National Identity in Juan de Velasco's Historia del Reino de Quito
      Eileen Willingham (Independent Scholar, Languages and Cross-Cultural Communication)
    4. For Love of Patria: Locating Self and Nation in Clavijero's Rendition of the Conquest of Mexico
      Beatriz de Alba-Koch (University of Victoria, Latin American Studies)
    5. Between Ethnology and Romantic Discourse: Martin Dobrizhoffer’s History of the Abipones in a (post)modern perspective
      Hans-Jürgen Lüsebrink
    6. From Sacred Rhetoric to the Republic of Letters: Jesuit Sermons in Seventeenth-Century New Spain
      Perla Chinchilla Pawling (Universidad Iberoamericana, History)
    7. France’s Colonial Strategy of Cultural Assimilation
      Sara E. Melzer (University of California, French and Francophone Studies)

    Part II: Intellectual Disputes

    1. José Basílio da Gama’s epic poem O Uraguay (1769): an intellectual dispute about the Jesuit state of Paraguay
      Wiebke Röben de Alencar Xavier (Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte, Modern
      Foreign Languages and Literatures)
    2. Changing Perspectives: The Other, the Self, the In-Between of the Jesuit Experience in the Eighteenth Century
      Ute Fendler (University of Bayreuth, Francophone Literature, Cultures and Media in Africa)
    3. East from Eden: Domesticating Exile in Jesuit Accounts of their 1767 Expulsion from Spanish America
      Karen Stolley (Emory University, Spanish and Portuguese)
    4. “Ils estoient si subjects à leur bouche”: la Relation de 1616 face à la topique antijésuite
      Isabelle Lachance (l’Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières, Canada Research Chair in
      Rhetoric)
    5. Les Relations des jésuites et la construction de l’observateur européen face au monde indigène
      Klaus-Dieter Ertler (University of Graz, Roman Literature)
    6. Une rhétorique du silence: l’œuvre jésuite dans la Description de la Louisiane du récollet Louis Hennepin
      Catherine Broué(University of Quebec, Literature)

    Part III: Textualities

    1. L’héritage de José de Acosta
      Pierre Berthiaume (University of Ottawa, Professor Emeritus)
    2. La Nouvelle-France dans l’imaginaire jésuite: terra doloris ou Jérusalem céleste?
      Marie-Christine Pioffet (York University, French Studies)
    3. The Legacy of Joseph Gumilla's Orinoco Illustrated
      Margaret R. Ewalt (Wake Forest University, Spanish)
    4. Pierre Pelleprat’s Accounts of the Jesuit Missions in the Antilles and in Guyana (1655)
      Réal Ouellet (Université Laval, Professor Emeritus) and Marc André Bernier
    5. Dans le sillage du père Joseph-François Lafitau: les Avantures de Claude Le Beau
      Andréanne Vallée (Pensionnat du Saint-Nom-de-Marie, French)

    Postface

    1. De l’usage de la comparaison dans les écrits des Jésuites sur les Amériques
      Hans-Jürgen Lüsebrink

    List of Contributors

    Index

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