Kim Beauchesne —
The product of extensive research in specialized archives, Visión periférica challenges linguistic, geographical and temporal boundaries to propose a study of colonial and contemporary chronicles about the marginal regions of Latin America. Initially, Kim Beauchesne’s groundbreaking book focuses on the representation of the colonial periphery —i.e. areas that were neglected by the metropolis, like the Amazon, the Maranhão and what we now call the Gran Chaco— and analyzes works that were themselves marginalised by literary criticism. Subsequently, the author examines the traces left by such texts in contemporary Latin American chronicles, in order to emphasize the links between the discursive construction of peripheral zones in the 16th and 17th centuries and the forms that this construction adopts in the 20th and 21st centuries. Therefore, the present monograph is extremely valuable for anyone interested in the textual and existential history of socio-political exclusion in Latin America, or in more general terms, the impact of colonial legacy in today’s culture.