Modern Languages | Modern Literature | Spanish and Portuguese Language and Literature
Published in Ogigia: Revista Electrónica de Estudios Hispánicos, Volume 1, January 1, 2007, pages 51-60.
Publisher website: http://www.ogigia.es
This essay attempts to present a commentary about the notion of paradise in Latin America, as a whole, with a quick review of literature produced in the last 500 years. The image of paradise arises with Columbus' arrival in the Caribbean. In his letters to the Spanish Crown, Columbus creates the myth of paradise in the Caribbean, an image that never existed and, yet, still appears today within Latin American Literature. In several literary periods the image is re-invented and transformed. The essay deals with the evolution of the notions of paradise, questioning, at the end, a possible future regarding this idyllic image especially in light of a consistent incursion of global culture in the region.