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Simón Bolívar: Travels and Transformations of a Cultural Icon

Maureen G. Shanahan and Ana María Reyes


Simón Bolívar (1783–1830), a foundational icon for much of Latin America, has been alternatively mythified and vilified and subsequently has come to stand for competing notions of liberation, nation, history, the state, revolution, and the people, among other ideas. “Bolívar” is a contested but privileged sign and Bolívarianisms (or cults of Bolívar) a series of symbolic systems enacted within the public sphere. As such, “Bolívar” is a rich cultural field offering possibilities for agonistic democratic practices as theorized by Chantal Mouffe and Ernesto Leclau. Motivated by Germán Carrera Dam ... More

Keywords: Simón Bolívar, Germán Carrera Damas, cultural studies, Bolivarianism, cult of Bolívar, mythology, icon

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Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780813062624
Published to Florida Scholarship Online: January 2017 DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813062624.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Maureen G. Shanahan, editor

Ana María Reyes, editor

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Bolívar Unhinged

Maureen G. Shanahan and Ana María Reyes

Part I Emergence and Consolidation in the Nineteenth Century

2 Dancing with the Enemy

Juan Francisco Sans

5 The Birth of the Myth

Tomás Straka

Part II Disruptions and Unhingings in the Twentieth Century

6 Bolívar on the Operatic Stage

Maureen G. Shanahan

7 Centro Simón Bolívar

Tina Potočnik

8 In Bed with Dead Bolívar

Ana María Reyes

10 Moving Histories

Armida de La Garza

Part III Re-Anchorings in the Late Twentieth and Early Twenty-First Centuries

11 The Liberator’s Sword

Alejandro E. Gómez Pernia

12 When the Boat Comes In

Nicholas Roberts

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