Teoría y práctica del viaje en José Enrique Rodó

Translated title of the contribution: Theory and Practice of the Journey in José Enrique Rodó

Gustavo San Roman, Jean-Philippe Barnabé, Lindsey Cordery and Beatriz Vegh

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Studies the relationship between what Rodó wrote about the benefits of travel in his Motivos de Proteo (1909) and what he actually experienced when he eventually managed to undertake his own long-awaited journey to Europe in what was to become the last nine months of his life as he died in Palermo, Italy, on 1 May 1917. His writings during his journey were posthumously published as Camino de Paros (1917) and it is a selection of these that are read here in the light of the statements of 1909. It is found that the benefits of expansion of horizons and acquisition of new insights for the self and ultimately for one's country are realised in the texts that Rodó produces whilst in Europe, which are both evidence of his own development and a reaffirmation of early ideas about Europe, and in particular Italy, as inspiration for Latin America. This he complements with the suggestion that Latin America is in turn the locus for the realisation of Europe's own further development.
Translated title of the contributionTheory and Practice of the Journey in José Enrique Rodó
Original languageSpanish
Title of host publicationLos viajeros y el Río de la Plata: un siglo de escritura
Subtitle of host publicationSerie Montevideana No. 6
Place of PublicationMontevideo
PublisherLinardi y Risso
Number of pages10
ISBN (Print)9789974675346
Publication statusPublished - 2010


  • Latin American Literature, River Plate Literature; Uruguayan literature, travel literature, 19th and 20th century literature


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