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Peripheral Wonders

Nature, Knowledge, and Enlightenment in the Eighteenth-Century Orinoco

Peripheral Wonders

Nature, Knowledge, and Enlightenment in the Eighteenth-Century Orinoco

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£78.00

Publisher: Bucknell University Press
ISBN: 9781611482904
Number of Pages: 258
Published: 01/02/2009
Width: 16.7 cm
Height: 24.2 cm
This book expands traditional conceptions of the Enlightenment by examining the roles of wonder and Jesuit missionary conceptions of the Enlightenment by examining the century in a production of knowledge that serves both intellectual and religious functions. Ewalt analyzes a variety of classical and sacred rhetorical techniques for vivid persuasion that illuminate the simultaneously spiritual and scientific discourse employed by Joseph Gumilla in El Orinoco ilustrado (1741, 45), a text that concretizes an eclectic, Catholic Enlightenment that unites sentiment and reason, allows for emotion within scientific inquiry, and employs the strategy of wonder to accumulate, enumerate, and disseminate knowledge. Ewalt's work complements and extends studies proposing new and more inclusive Enlightenment models that challenge secular prejudices and reconsiders the assumption of European centrality by taking into account the Americas and other peripheral areas where modernity was redefined rather.

Margaret R. Ewalt

Margaret R. Ewalt is associate professor of Spanish at Wake Forest University.

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