On the Encyclopedic Impulse in seventeenth-century Mexico

On the Encyclopedic Impulse in seventeenth-century Mexico
18 May 2017, 13:00 to 18 May 2017, 14:00
Room 234, Second Floor, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU

Dr Christopher Johnson, Warburg Institute, School of Advanced Study

This presentation will trace the circulation of European encyclopedic texts and how they informed poetic and artistic invention in the early colonial period. It will consider instances in which the encyclopedic materia has indigenous origins only to be transformed and published in Europe and then shipped back to Mexico. But it will also argue that various encyclopedic compendia with European origins served an essential role in distilling and transporting knowledge from the Old to the New World in a manner that shaped epistemologies, spurred invention, and addressed the intellectual and cultural desires of a Creole readership.


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