The Writing of a Latin American Classic: The Political and Intellectual Origins of Sarmiento's Facundo by Ariel de la Fuente, LASP Seminar Series

Monday, April 16, 2018 at 12:15pm to 1:10pm

Uris Hall, 153 109 Tower Road, Ithaca, NY 14853

Traditional explication of Facundo (1845) proposed that the Civilization vs. Barbarism dichotomy,  advanced in the book as the interpretative key of post independence Argentina, reflected Domingo F. Sarmiento's unique reading of major works from the European Enlightenment and Romanticism. The discovery of new sources used by Sarmiento, however, shows that the main concepts contained in his classic had been fully adapted and applied to the Argentine reality by a previous generation of public intellectuals and militants.    

Ariel de la Fuente is an Associate Professor in the Department. of History, Purdue University. He is the author of Children of Facundo: Caudillo and Gaucho Insurgency during the Argentine State-Formation Process (1853-1870) and is currently completing a book on the literature of Jorge Luis Borges.

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Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies, Latino Studies Program, Society for the Humanities, Latin American Studies Program (LASP), Anthropology, Development Sociology, Academic Calendar



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Bill Phelan


Ariel de la Fuente

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History, Purdue University

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Wheelchair Accessible (new ramp at building's front entrance)

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Open to the Public


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