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Marvels of MedicineLiterature and Scientific Enquiry in Early Colonial Spanish America$
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Yarí Pérez Marín

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781789622508

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: May 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781789622508.001.0001

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(p.147) Epilogue
Marvels of Medicine

Yarí Pérez Marín

Liverpool University Press

This section reflects on the cross-fertilisation between science, medicine, literature and art in the consolidation of New World identity and discourse, beyond the sixteenth century. It invites readers to consider towering figures in the cultural history of colonial Latin America, such as writer Inca Garcilaso de la Vega, polymath Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz and painter Miguel Cabrera, discussing some of their connections to earlier texts on anatomy and physiology. The epilogue makes a case for redefining the medical texts studied in Marvels of Medicine as early matrixes of colonial rhetoric, scientific and literary objects that charted a course for future colonial subjects’ sense of identity in relation to the larger context of global knowledge production.

Keywords:   Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz, Inca Garcilaso de la Vega, Miguel Cabrera, Agustin Farfan, intellectual history, colonial Mexico, identity

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