Asian Studies in Africa

Winner AABP 2015

The Magellan Fallacy: Globalization and the Emergence of Asian and African Literature in Spanish

Author: Adam Lifshey
Publisher: University of Michigan Press
Published: 2012 ISBN: 978-0-472-11847-2

The study calls attention to a part of Afro-Asia that has often escaped the gaze of Anglophone researchers: the Hispanophone world. In so doing, the study also brings Africa and Asia into the orbit of Hispanic Studies, globalizing a discipline which has hitherto focused on the Iberian Peninsula and Latin America. This highly innovative work foregrounds literary sources and archival material in Spanish, revealing a richness of perspectives on this part of the world that lie at the intersection of language, literature, culture, and history. Through an insightful analysis of two marginalized literary traditions (the Philippine and Equatorial Guinean ones), the Magellan Fallacy challenges ideas and concepts we often take for granted. In other words, globalization has many parents, including the literary exertions of the colonized who, through their pens, imagined and re-imagined the world in the metropoles. This is a work masterfully rendered, witty, original in its central thesis and seminal in its scope. A classic in the making.