A World Not to Come: A History of Latino Writing and Print by Raúl Coronado

By Raúl Coronado

A shift of world proportions happened in may possibly 1808. Napoleon Bonaparte invaded Spain and deposed the Spanish king. in a single day, the Hispanic international used to be remodeled without end. Hispanics have been compelled to confront modernity, and to appear past monarchy and faith for brand spanking new resources of authority. A global to not Come makes a speciality of how Spanish american citizens in Texas used writing as a way to set up new resources of authority, and the way a Latino literary and highbrow existence was once born within the New World.

The geographic locale that turned Texas replaced sovereignty 4 occasions, from Spanish colony to Mexican republic to Texan republic and at last to a U.S. country. Following the path of manifestos, correspondence, histories, petitions, and periodicals, Raúl Coronado is going to the writings of Texas Mexicans to discover how they all started the gradual means of viewing the realm as now not being a acquired order yet a produced order. via reconfigured publics, they debated how top to remake the social textile whilst they have been stuck up in a whirlwind of wars, social upheaval, and political transformations.

but, whereas imagining a brand new international, Texas Mexicans have been present process a change from an elite group of "civilizing" conquerors to an embattled, pauperized, racialized team whose voices have been annihilated by means of battle. in any case, theirs was once an international to not come. Coronado sees during this means of racialization the start of an emergent Latino tradition and literature.

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We see the convergence of various political philosophies, theories of sovereignty, and no less than the development of new ways of imagining the world. In the case of Texas, we will see a geographic locale that witnessed waves of revolutions, of expatriates from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, Introduction p 19 South America, the United States, and Europe, at times working in tandem with local Spanish Americans and Native Americans, all seeking to produce sovereign nation-states. But, in the end, in Texas we will witness a contested community of Spanish-Mexican Tejanos who will see themselves devolve from an elite community of “civilizing” conquerors into an embattled, pauperized, and racialized community.

And for even more, revolution meant a complete break with Spain. As a result, specific revolutionary goals shifted depending upon region. Confusing matters even more, news, during this period, was transmitted through official dispatches from the viceroy and his delegates, read aloud in each town’s public square, and then circulated by word of mouth, making it difficult— then as now—to discern the precise unfolding of events and shifting alliances during this tumultuous period. In January 1811, a retired San Antonio de Béxar (hereafter “Béxar”) officer by the name of Juan Bautista de las Casas had led a revolt and arrested Governor Salcedo.

Only after having received permission and orders on paper did Spanish-American political administrators set out to make them a reality, to put them into practice. But the division, Rama insists, between words and actions existed from the beginning of the colonial project; the millions of letters, decrees, and commands left in dusty archives represent, at best, remnants of an imagined utopia of an orderly colonial project. 49 In this, the role of letrados would be crucial. ”50 They were a conglomeration of royal administrators, military men, and ecclesiastical missionaries working in consort to secure epistemological and patriarchal authority over the masses.

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