Publication Type

Journal Article

Book Title/Conference/Journal

Journal of International and Intercultural Communication

Year

7-2012

Abstract

In Latin America, collective remembering is shaped by stories of colonizers whose voracious ambitions left an indelible mark on the landscape and its people. This essay examines a set of narratives about a legendary colonizer, Lope de Aguirre, that continue to be invoked in the collective imagination on the island of Margarita, in Venezuela. Drawing on Bormann’s Symbolic Convergence Theory and Bakhtin’s work on cultural discourse, this analysis shows that on the one hand, the narratives converge to support official records of Aguirre as an archetype of colonial brutality. Yet on the other, alternate versions of the stories reveal a more discordant picture, one that complicates Aguirre’s character and reevaluates his influence on the island and in the wider context of Latin America.

Keywords

Collective Memory, Postcolonial Latin America, Symbolic Convergence, Cultural Discourse, Heteroglossia

Disciplines

Communication | Critical and Cultural Studies | International and Intercultural Communication

ISSN/ISBN

1751-3057

DOI

10.1080/17513057.2012.705311

Language

eng

Creative Commons License

Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License.

Format

application\pdf

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