TITLE: Marvelous Country, Precious & Horrible: Honduras through Travel Writing from the 19th Century
SPEAKER: Hector Leyva Carlas
EVENT DATE: 2012/02/09
FORMAT: Video + Captions
RUNNING TIME: 59 minutes
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Travel books from the past have the appeal of communicating vivid experiences of places and people, especially exotic or from remote locations. The analysis of such books written on Honduras during the nineteenth century clearly shows the influence of the romantic aesthetics distinctive of the period. Deeply moving and sometimes contradictory images bring to life a country of dreams and nightmares. This research explores the many transfigurations of the country through travel writing and the possibility of an alternative reading on the threshold between reality and fiction.