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Estudios de cultura maya

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ESPANA, Romina  and  DEPETRIS, Carolina. Utopia and Arcadia in Alice Dixon Le Plongeon's Writings. Estud. cult. maya [online]. 2011, vol.38, pp. 121-144. ISSN 0185-2574.

The purpose of this paper is to present two possible epistemic models understood as models of interpretation and representation of a reality that accompanied Alice Dixon Le Plongeon on her trip around the Yucatán Peninsula in the second half of the 19th century. To do so, we focused on the articles which, she herself, compiled in Here and there in Yucatán (1886). In them we analyzed the reconstruction of the Mayan past in utopian terms, and the consideration of contemporary Yucatán in arcadian terms; the writer finds both models useful, not only to appraise Mayan reality but also to criticize the degradation of occidental modern socities of which she was part.

Keywords : Yucatan; Alice Dixon Le Plongeon; utopia; arcadia; representation.

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