Campus Units

World Languages and Cultures

Document Type

Book Review

Publication Version

Accepted Manuscript

Publication Date

2013

Journal or Book Title

Bulletin of Spanish Studies

Volume

90

Issue

6

First Page

1068

Last Page

1069

DOI

10.1080/14753820.2013.810922

Abstract

Syzigias y quadraturas lunares was written by friar Manuel Antonio de Rivas, a member of the Franciscan order in the Yucatán Peninsula, New Spain, in 1775. The text is the earliest known example of a marvelous journey to the moon written in the New World. In addition to narrating the lunar voyage and scientific experiments of one Onésimo Dutalón in its thirteen-odd pages, it also contains elements of the history of an advanced lunar society, directly and indirectly engages scientific and religious debates of the times, and makes thickly veiled references to figures of the day. As Carmen F. Galán states in her prefatory study, ‘es un manuscrito con demasiadas intenciones’ (38), though herein also lies much of the fascination of this work both for Galán and for the reader.

Comments

This accepted book review is published as Haywood-Ferreira,R., Review of Syzigias y quadraturas lunares by Manuel Antonio de Rivas, Ed. Carmen F. Galán. For the Bulletin of Spanish Studies, University of Glasgow. 90.6 (2013): 1068-69. Doi: 10.1080/14753820.2013.810922. Posted with permission.

Copyright Owner

Taylor and Francis

Language

en

File Format

application/pdf

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