Article | Inter: A European Cultural Studies : Conference in Sweden 11-13 June 2007 | The Crisis of the Intellectual?: Nation Building; Intellectuals and Political Contributions in Europe and Latin America; a Comparative View

Title:
The Crisis of the Intellectual?: Nation Building; Intellectuals and Political Contributions in Europe and Latin America; a Comparative View
Author:
Maria Odette Carnivell: James Madison University, USA
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Year:
2007
Conference:
Inter: A European Cultural Studies : Conference in Sweden 11-13 June 2007
Issue:
025
Article no.:
018
Pages:
159-167
No. of pages:
9
Publication type:
Abstract and Fulltext
Published:
2007-11-27
Series:
Linköping Electronic Conference Proceedings
ISSN (print):
1650-3686
ISSN (online):
1650-3740
Publisher:
Linköping University Electronic Press; Linköpings universitet


The intersection of politics and literature has a long-standing tradition in Latin America. Intellectuals in Latin America; particularly writers; have contributed to the political arena since the time of the Foundation of the Nation. As Angel Rama suggests; the might of the pen; wielded by the Spanish speaking letrados; is a well known fact in the political life of the Spanish American nations.

Although the role of these intellectuals as presidents; ambassadors; ministers and high profile politicians has not always been beneficial to their countries of birth; intellectuals in Latin America feel the need to actively participate in politics. In Europe and the United States; it would appear as if intellectuals feel more skeptical about their participation in public affairs; particularly when the posts imply a greater degree of public exposure. Are these differences historical; political; cultural; or is the apparent paucity of intellectuals-politicians due more to the intrinsic characteristics of the political field in Europe and the United States?

In this essay; I will explore the political connotations of the term intellectual and contrast it with the views of intellectuals in Europe; Latin America and the United States. I will attempt to explain similarities and differences in their conception of what an intellectual is; as well as give possible explanations for these sometimes diverging perspectives.

Inter: A European Cultural Studies : Conference in Sweden 11-13 June 2007

Author:
Maria Odette Carnivell
Title:
The Crisis of the Intellectual?: Nation Building; Intellectuals and Political Contributions in Europe and Latin America; a Comparative View
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Inter: A European Cultural Studies : Conference in Sweden 11-13 June 2007

Author:
Maria Odette Carnivell
Title:
The Crisis of the Intellectual?: Nation Building; Intellectuals and Political Contributions in Europe and Latin America; a Comparative View
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