Signo y Pensamiento
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VILLEGAS VELEZ, ÁLVARO. Heterologies and the Nation: Scholarly Projects and Radical Alterity in Colombia in the 19th Century. Signo pensam. [online]. 2008, vol.27, n.53, pp. 24-37. ISSN 0120-4823.
This article concerns how the learned Colombian intellectuals used their writing proficiency during the second half of the 19th century to tell the story of our country and construct the subjects/objects which were inside/outside the nation's temporality and space. This narrative had two main axes: the continuity of the relationship established between the territory and its inhabitants, and/or the denial of the contemporaneity owed to those populations which represented racial otherness. Both axes exacerbated the difference, since the need to attract to the nation's 'civilizing' process demanded the previous rift or withdrawal of one or the other; yet the prescription of homogeneity and the simultaneous proscription of heterogeneity had, as condition for their possibility, recourse to the reiterated description of alterity..
Palavras-chave : Nation; writing; otherness; heterologies; Colombia.