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De la grenadille et d’autres merveilles : les allégories de la Passion dans le Nouveau Monde

Abstract : This work examines the imprint of the imaginary on travel in botanical and zoological descriptions of American nature in the Modern period: more specifically, it analyses the description of a number of animals and plants in which travellers, chroniclers, botanists or geographers see "prodigies", marvellous representations (animal or botanical) of the Passion of Christ and the symbol of the Cross. Through the analysis of these representations and their implications, my work reflects on the very notion of 'representation' (these marvellous animals and plants 'make present' the divinity in nature, through the intermediary of signs) and also shows how, when travelling, one carries one's own fantasies, one's own mental representations, which one moves to new spaces. These representations are not new in themselves (medieval botanical treatises and bestiaries already revealed the existence of marvellous plants and animals, expressing the presence of the sacred in nature), but the context of the Catholic Counter-Reformation, in which Spain intended to play a key role, travel and the discovery of new territories exacerbated these representations, revealing the importance of dreams and the imaginary in the perception of American nature.
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Christine Orobitg. De la grenadille et d’autres merveilles : les allégories de la Passion dans le Nouveau Monde. Image et voyage. De la Méditerrannée aux Indes, textes réunis par Sylvie Requemora-Gros & Loïc P. Guyon, Presses de l’Université de Provence (PUP), 2012, p. 147-159, 2012, 9782853998215. ⟨hal-03184372⟩



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