Post/Colonial Toponymy: Writing Forward 'in Reverse'

  title={Post/Colonial Toponymy: Writing Forward 'in Reverse'},
  author={Quetzil E. Casta{\~n}eda},
  journal={Journal of Latin American Cultural Studies},
  pages={119 - 134}
  • Q. Castañeda
  • Published 1 August 2002
  • Art
  • Journal of Latin American Cultural Studies
Amerigo Vespucci the voyager arrives from the sea. A crusader standing erect, his body in armor, he bears the European weapons of meaning … . Before him is the Indian ‘America,’ a nude woman … an unnamed presence of difference … the conqueror will write the body of the other and trace there his own history … . She will be ‘Latin’ America … initiated here is a colonization of the body by the discourse of power. This is writing that conquers. It will use the New World as if it were a blank… 
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