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12107 - Identity and Exclusion in the Latin American Tradition: The Extraordinary and Complicated Position of the Voz Latina

Elizabeth Millán and Amy A. Oliver

In our talk, we revisit the thought of three foundational Latin American thinkers, Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, Simón Bolívar, and Leopoldo Zea, to analyze the roles that intellectual independence, the quest for identity in the wake of political independence, and racial mixing play in the formation of Latina identity and the development of “la voz latina.” Bolívar and Zea philosophize about the search for justice and identity in Latin America without taking into account valuable perspectives on the contributions women can make to society, which Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz offered much earlier. Taken together, however, the philosophical projects of Sor Juana, Bolívar, and Zea allow us to reflect on the ways in which racial mixing and the need for intellectual independence have shaped Latina identity from the time of the much maligned La Malinche to the present.

Autores: Oliver, Amy A, (American Studies American University, Ud States of Am / USA)

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