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A Decolonial Analysis Of La Catedral De Santo Domingo Primada De América, Raquel Flecha Vega Jan 2015

A Decolonial Analysis Of La Catedral De Santo Domingo Primada De América, Raquel Flecha Vega

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This study examines the participation of historically erased Taínos and West Africans in the construction and meaning of La Catedral Primada de América, not simply as "contributors," but as active agents and creators of its form and meaning in the culturally plural place of Hispaniola during the sixteenth century. A critical review of literature on La Catedral reveals how the early configurations of Imperio-Christian narratives of colonizer/colonized helped to shape later art-historical configurations of nationalism by carrying forward models of racial superiority from the time of Imperial Christian expansion to the nationalisms of the postrevolutionary period of independence. This ...