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Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of Ariel. Aug 17, Dusty rated it liked it Shelves: read-in No, the "Ariel" mentioned in the title isn't the redheaded Disney mermaid.
In his configuration, he is himself the wizened Prospero, the old man -- what President Obama would probably call the adult in the room -- who observes the power play between dirty, opportunistic Caliban the United States and Ariel Latin America , the boyish, artistic spirit whose idealism and altruism will ultimately allow him to triumph over the former. Nevermind that it is, in fact, Prospero and not Caliban who enslaves Ariel in Shakespeare's original. Insert joke about homosexual panic here.
View all 3 comments. Mar 23, Blair rated it liked it. Parts of his critique of the US as a kind of Caliban still resonate who else is Trump? I was actually hoping that he would make more of the conceptual links to The Tempest, but it's pretty perfunctory as a framework for his argument. Ariel es este sublime instinto de perfectibilidad, por cuya virtud se magnifica y convierte en centro de las cosas la arcilla humana a la que viene vinculada su luz".
Este ensayo es realmente alentador. Habla sobre los defectos de la democracia, sobre explotar todo el potencial de nuestra naturaleza humana, sobre el utilitarismo, sobre los objetivos de la vida, sobre la esperanza You know, it's a bit hard to be angry at a book when you were warned.
Line one, page one of the prologue, by Carlos Fuentes: "This is a supremely irritating book. Then, however, there's Rodo, who's suggests a new identity for Latin America based on the classic cultures, instead of the mediocrity of the American enterprise. With French Philosophy in one hand, and Greek Geography in another, he builds a m You know, it's a bit hard to be angry at a book when you were warned.
With French Philosophy in one hand, and Greek Geography in another, he builds a mountain of decorative language. Which is all well and fine. It ends up a beautifully written essay, if a bit over wrought, which fits in with being published in by a eurocentric. Mind you, there's some little bits of racism, and misguided biological theory, but that's standard with essays of the time. I'd give it more stars, but Latin American intellectual history is not something that I've ever researched.
So I was reading it decontextualized from the basis of approach that the printers and translators were presenting it towards. Which leads us to 5 stars for a well written essay. I mean, he references some stuff I would like to read, and some stuff that inspired books that I have liked, but I'm not versed enough to get into the essay's world, and it's not good enough to pull me out of my world.
Does that make sense? A criticism of North American culture and ethos from one of the most influential thinkers of Latin America. Written in Sep 18, Daniel rated it liked it Shelves: owned-books , philosophy.
As the introduction more intelligent, in many ways, than the actual essay states, "this is a supremely irritating book. Ultimately, the society that he advocates for though this is clearly stated only once is one in which artistic and creative endeavors are valued and in which everyone is offered equal opportunities for success with the full knowledge that each individual will take a different path - a society that seems to me like it would be pretty alright!
I emphasize his gendered language because it adds even another layer of elitism to his writing. He does place this elitism within a paternalistic framework in which the elites take care of the non-elites, but elitism it still is and I shouldn't have to say that that's no good in any circumstances. So, yeah. A mixed bag for sure. It's worth a read - there is a lot of value to be found in this essay - but you'll have to wade through a whole lot of BS to get to it. Undoubtedly a book that anyone who believes in the pure essence of self-growth has to read.
Ariel is the same as le petit prince that was written twenty years later. Oct 05, Paul A. Algo para destacar de su ensayo Ariel, es la belleza y delicadeza de su escritura, ese modernismo latente en su pluma, donde se ve claramente reflejada esa influencia de estilo francesa. Inculcando el saber en lo individual y por medio del amor, compartirlo con la humanidad.
Nos lleva de esa individualidad que conlleva el saber, el adquirir conocimiento, a lo colectivo-desinteresado de expresarlo y darle una utilidad altruista. This landmark essay by Jose Rodo is not easy-reading, but its message is profound, and as relevant, if not more so, today as it was in the year The Uruguayan Rodo calls on his fellow Latin-Americans to reject the consumerism, materialism, and hedonism he sees personified by the U. The narrative, allegorically-inspired by Shakespeare's 'The Tempest,' sees the professorial 'Prospero' observe a debate between 'Ariel'-representing Latin America- and 'Caliban This landmark essay by Jose Rodo is not easy-reading, but its message is profound, and as relevant, if not more so, today as it was in the year The narrative, allegorically-inspired by Shakespeare's 'The Tempest,' sees the professorial 'Prospero' observe a debate between 'Ariel'-representing Latin America- and 'Caliban'-representing the the U.
Ariel denounces Caliban's materialism and Benthamian utilitarianism. Latin-American youth must not be seduced by the North American serpent; they must resist "nordomania. But Ariel is more than a criticism of the U. It is a treatise on humanity and society at-large.
Sep 25, Lana rated it really liked it Shelves: own. In addition to listing the books, I wrote about sentences to myself — sometimes they were plot reminders, sometimes commentary on the books. They were not intended to be read by anyone other than myself. Very interesting essay on whole man and the place of arts in education.
Redemption of humans coming from intellectuals; tempered with a critique of materialism. Oct 12, Scott rated it liked it Shelves: latin-america. Rodo, influenced by Plato, Renan, and a host of other authors who are constantly referenced , sets his work in a Latin American classroom, where the wise teacher urges his young students to pursue idealism and excellence over materialism and utilitarianism. I need to understand more about Hegelian thought and Romanticism, but it is certainly in that stream of thought, where cultures contribute to the progress of the human spirit.
It was a thought-provoking read, and according to Howard Wiarda i Rodo, influenced by Plato, Renan, and a host of other authors who are constantly referenced , sets his work in a Latin American classroom, where the wise teacher urges his young students to pursue idealism and excellence over materialism and utilitarianism.
It was a thought-provoking read, and according to Howard Wiarda it's a very influential book in Latin America. Jan 30, Roiann rated it it was ok. I read this book three times for three different graduate classes. I'm about ready to burn it. Had some interesting parts, but mostly not worth the time. Brian rated it liked it May 13, Lucas Esandi rated it liked it May 11, Eva Alepuz rated it really liked it Feb 24, Luis rated it it was ok Mar 24, Eva rated it liked it May 28, Evan rated it really liked it Jul 26,
José Enrique Rodó
Thanks for your patience. If you are interested in a single article or back issue, please email journals utpress. Journals may take weeks to ship. Latin America's most famous essay on esthetic and philosophical sensibility, as well as its most discussed treatise on hemispheric relations; first published in First published in Uruguay, Ariel is Latin America's most famous essay on esthetic and philosophical sensibility, as well as its most discussed treatise on hemispheric relations. Generations of statesmen, intellectuals, and literary figures have been formed by this book, either in championing its teachings or in reacting against them. The inextricably linked concepts of utilitarianism as a concept of human destiny and egalitarian mediocrity as a norm for social relationships compose the formula for what Europe has tended to call the spirit of Americanism.
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In the second half of the 19th century positivism became the official state doctrine of many countries in southern America. Around , however, the authoritarian positivistic regimes were increasingly criticized due to their cultural imitation on the Anglo-Saxon world and the atheistic ideology. The contrast with Montevideo was stark, where shortly after the telegram announcing his death arrived, students gathered spontaneously. Spain lost its last colonies in the Spanish-American War. In southern America however, the victory of the United States had very different consequences. On the one hand, after decades of fighting, Cuba finally, if somewhat belatedly, gained independence; on the other hand, after defeating Spain, the United States, itself still a British colony in the eighteenth century, now suddenly emerged as a new imperial power. The geo-political power shift in favour of the United States triggered a multifaceted and far-reaching process of cultural and political reorientation in southern America.