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Universum (Talca)

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SANHUEZA, Marcelo. Domingo Faustino Sarmiento and Benjamín Vicuña Mackenna travel to Paris: modernity and the urban experience of two Spanish American flâneurs. Universum [online]. 2013, vol.28, n.1, pp.203-229. ISSN 0718-2376.  http://dx.doi.org/10.4067/S0718-23762013000100010.

This article examines the travel experiences in Paris of two lettered Hispanic Creoles of the mid-nineteenth century: Domingo Faustino Sarmiento and Benjamín Vicuña Mackenna. The travel writings of both thinkers will be analyzed with regard to the importance of the trips for the construction of the experience of modernity in Latin America, an experience wherein Paris is presented as a city emblematic of modern life and as the center of Western culture of that age. To this end, we will succinctly problematize the concepts of flâneur as outlined by Charles Baudelaire and Walter Benjamin in relation to the emergence of a critical subjectivity of the modern urban experience in the writings of Sarmiento and Vicuña Mackenna. In this regard, we believe that these travel writings function as texts that, through their in situ observations and from their peripheral positions in relation to Europe, criticized the modern social and cultural model that had been idealized based on encyclopedic knowledge about Paris.

Palabras clave : Travel writing; traveler; flâneur; urban experience; modernity.

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