Crystal Chemris publishes article
Crystal Chemris, Courtesy Assistant Professor of Spanish, has published an essay, “Moriscos, Amerindians and Góngora’s Soledades in Context,” in the journal eHumanista/Conversos. This essay responds to the French anthropologist Carmen Bernand’s association of the Baroque poet, Luis de Góngora, the historian and critic Pedro de Valencia, and the mestizo writer Inca Garcilaso with humanist circles that grappled with the status of national minorities and the indigenous. Chemris argues that Inca Garcilaso actually anticipated Pedro de Valencia’s social writings, while Góngora incorporated features of Inca Garcilaso’s heraldic shield in his major poem. She also addresses their political and aesthetic engagement with hermeticism in the context of the debates over the Sacromonte forgeries, a series of false relics which historians have viewed as part of a clandestine campaign to promote the status of confessional minorities in Spain. Writes Chemris, “I draw inspiration from the work of my University of Oregon colleagues in transatlantic, medieval, early modern and colonial Hispanic Studies and look forward to continuing my research.”
The essay can be found in eHumanista/Conversos Vol. 6, No. 1-2, 2018, pp. 284-305.