Native Americans In Latin American Literature - Essay

Native Americans In Latin American Literature

(Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism)

Carmelo Virgillo

SOURCE: "Primitivism in Latin American Fiction," in The Ibero-American Enlightenment, edited by A. Owen Aldridge, University of Illinois Press, 1971, pp. 243-55.

[In the following essay, Virgillo examines the distorted image of the Native American in romantic Latin American literature of the nineteenth century.]

L'enfant de la nature abhorre l'esclavage;
Implacable ennemi de toute authorité,
Il s'indigne du joug; la contrainte l'outrage;
Liberté c'est son voeu; son cri c'est liberté.
Au mépris des liens de la société,
Il réclame en secret son antique...

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