A Manual for Manuel by Julio Cortazar

By Julio Cortazar

His first political novel.

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They then tie up the Sack; and Two Persons, Men or Women, taking Hold of it, One at one End, the Other at the other, they toss the Milk briskly to and fro’ till it becomes Butter. 8 The last sentence is a telling one, for it locates “the Europeans” in the same frame as “the Hottentots,” in the kind of everyday interaction that goes on all the time in contact zones. Such interaction would have little place in writers to follow. Kolb’s observation about the butter reverses usual directions of Eurocolonial exchange and cultural value.

The chapters to follow will suggest more fully how they are deployed and challenged in the literature of travel and exploration. Chapter 3 Narrating the anti-conquest At times indeed the Company officials allowed the main slave depot in Cape Town to be used as a son of brothel. , African History (1978)) It is a relief to turn from these scenes of contention and disorder to notice the efforts that were made at this time [1793] by several colonists to improve the domestic animals of the country. Theal, A History of Southern Africa (1907))1 The previous chapter introduced the eighteenth-century systematizing of nature as a European knowledge-building project that created a new kind of Eurocentered planetary consciousness.

In comparison with the navigator or the conquistador, the naturalist-collector is a benign, often homely figure, whose transformative powers do their work in the domestic contexts of the garden or the collection room. As I will be illustrating further in the next chapter, the naturalist figure often has a certain androgyny about it; its production of knowledge has some decidedly non-phallic aspects, perhaps alluded to by Linnaeus’ own image of Ariadne following her thread out of the labyrinth of the Minotaur.

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