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Susan A. Stephens and Phiroze Vasunia

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199212989

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199212989.001.0001

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The Cosmic Race and a Heap of Broken Images: Mexico's Classical Past and the Modern Creole Imagination

The Cosmic Race and a Heap of Broken Images: Mexico's Classical Past and the Modern Creole Imagination

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(p.163) 8 The Cosmic Race and a Heap of Broken Images: Mexico's Classical Past and the Modern Creole Imagination
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Classics and National Cultures
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Andrew Laird

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199212989.003.0009

The chapter begins with a brief discussion of the ideological role of classical learning in New Spain, from the conquest until the end of the colonial period: creole historians laid claim to the heritage of the pre‐Columbian civilizations of the Americas which they compared to those of ancient Greece and Rome. This is followed by an account of evocations of the European classical past in constructions of Mexico's pre‐Hispanic history after Independence, particularly in visual art. The greater part of the chapter shows how ideas of the classical past remained prominent in some influential discourses about nationality and race in the wake of the Mexican Revolution of 1910: two major thinkers of the earlier twentieth century, Alfonso Reyes and José Vasconcelos, co‐founders of the Ateneo, were profoundly influenced by currents of romantic Hellenism.

Keywords:   Mexico, new Spain, pre‐Columbian civilization, creoles, Americas, Mexican revolution, Alfonso Reyes, José Vasconcelos, Ateneo, Hellenism

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