"Intellectuals’ Networks in the Caribbean, 1880-1930. An approach from intellectual history of Dominican Republic"
Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Liliana Weinberg (UNAM)
This project aims to analyze intellectual networks built between the Caribbean and Latin America from 1880 to 1930. The objective is to examine these networks by tracking the intellectual trajectories of four writers of Dominican Republic, who were important mediators between Caribbean and Latin American cultural fields. They were Federico Henríquez y Carvajal, Federico García Godoy, Horacio Blanco Fombona and Max Henríquez Ureña; four writers that, while today might be considered “minor figures” of Latin American intellectual history, in their time were recognized as authorities within and outside the Caribbean, due to their work in magazine publishing, literary criticism, diplomacy and education.
The study aims to explain the role played by networks constructed by these writers in: the professionalization of certain intellectual figures that emerged in that period, such as magazine editor, literary critic, and modern intellectual; the building of identity discourses such as “antillanismo”, “hispanoamericanismo” and “antiimperialismo”; and the circulation and dissemination of symbolic goods between the Caribbean and the rest of Latin America (an exchange of ideas and texts from south to south).