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1 January 2011

Clorinda Matto de Turner's Herencia as the Creation of an Alternative Social Knowledge

Publication: Bulletin of Hispanic Studies
Volume 88, Number 1


In this article I examine the broad discourse of private citizenship in Clorinda Matto de Turner's Herencia (1895) to ask how she alters the existing hierarchy of values to create an alternative social knowledge (by social knowledge, I refer to the shared collective knowledge held within the social body that informs habits and practices). I argue that Matto de Turner reconfigures values by presenting two radical changes to social knowledge. First, she presents a secular framework, based on sociological thought, for making choices and understanding social and economic relationships. Second, she uses these new principles to contest European and oligarchic ideas about miscegenation.
En este artículo examino el discurso de la ciudadanía privada en Herencia (1895) de Clorinda Matto de Turner para analizar el cambio de la jerarquía de valores existente con la intención de crear un conocimiento social nuevo (por conocimiento social me refiero al conocimiento colectivo y compartido que se encuentra en el cuerpo social que informa los hábitos y las costumbres). Sugiero que Matto de Turner reconfigura los valores por medio de la presentación de dos cambios radicales del conocimiento social. En primer lugar, presenta un marco secular, basado en el pensamiento sociológico, desde donde tomar decisiones y entender las relaciones sociales y económicas. En segundo lugar, usa estos nuevos principios para refutar las ideas oligárquicas y europeas sobre el mestizaje.

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Bulletin of Hispanic Studies
Volume 88Number 11 January 2011
Pages: 97 - 112


Published online: 1 January 2011
Published in print: 1 January 2011



Jennifer Fraser
Birkbeck College, London

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