By Martin S. Stabb
This publication examines a major form of Spanish-American essay--one that bargains with the issues of a constructing civilization--and areas its concentrate on the background of principles instead of on literature in keeping with se, pointing up the hemispheric development of highbrow improvement in lots of the significant Spanish-American nations and revealing a common trend in cultural development.
Originally released in 1967.
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Waldo Frank, The Re-di8covery of America (New York, 1929), p. 314. sensitivity to minority problems. However, his interest in minorities victims of social and economic prejudice ; it was the loss of cultural identity which most disturbed him. In his Re-discovery of America (1929) the metaphor of American culture as a "symphony orchestra" all playing the same theme on different instruments and having distinctive timbres frequently appears. -is part of the one national "integration" and yet retains its 60.
The values of Sarmiento's celebrated formula of 1845 describing American reality in terms of "civilization and barbarism" are thus reversed. An interesting example of an early indigenist viewpoint, and one that illustrates many of the trends noted above, appears in an im portant, but little-known essay of B olivia's Franz Tamayo (1879- 1956) : La creacion de la pedagogia nacional (1910) . Tamayo's vigorous rejection of scientism might well have been analyzed in the previous chapter: his succinct observation, "In the laboratory every thing is known except knowledge," 10 is as good a summation of his position as one would wish to find.
332. "14 9. This theme has been very evident in contemporary Spanish American literature. The romantic primitivism of the poet Pablo Neruda (as seen in hi� Residencia en la tierra) illustrates this trend particularly well. We shall also note, m later chapters, that such writers as Ezequiel Martinez Estrada and Octavio Paz have dealt at some length with the general theme of man's alienation from the natural realm. 10. Franz Tamayo, La creaci6n de Ia pedogogfu nacional (La Paz, 1910), p. 207 . 1 1 .