Guaman Poma, Castro-Klarén, and Overcoming that Stubborn Coloniality in Peruvian Literature and History

  • Thomas Ward Loyola University Maryland
Keywords Latin American Cultural Studies, Literature, Criticism, Latin American History, Colonialism


Literary analysis has traditionally involved analyzing texts and historiography has likewise been concerned with extracting history from documents and texts. This study departs from the theories developed by Sara Castro-Klarén’s reading of Guaman Poma and argues for the need of the social sciences both in the exposition of history and in the exercise of literary criticism with the hope of incorporating heterogeneous communities in the national literature and historiography of Peru.

Author Biography

Thomas Ward, Loyola University Maryland
Thomas Ward, Ph.D. is a professor of Spanish and currently Director of Latin American and Latino Studies at Loyola University Maryland. He teaches Latin American literature, culture, and history as well as the Spanish language. He has published three books, La anarquía inmanentista de Manuel González Prada (1998), La teoría literaria: romanticismo, krausismo y modernismo ante la ‘globalización’ industrial (2004), and La resistencia cultural: la nación en el ensayo de las Américas (2004), and more recently edited another, El porvenir nos debe una victoria: la insólita modernidad de Manuel González Prada (2010). He is presently completing a long term project on formations of Latin American nations as they were during the sixteenth century.
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