Revealing transfigurations: Classical metamorphosis and prehispanic myths in Peruvian literature

Helena Usandizaga

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    © 2019 Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona. All rights reserved. The coexistence and dialogue between Andean mythology and classical mythology is studied in three Peruvian authors of the 20th century: Gamaliel Churata, Edgardo Rivera Martínez and Laura Riesco. In all three, the meaning of mythical transformations is activated in their material dimension, which reveals the sacredness and beauty of matter without opposing it to the divine and sublime. In Churata, the Andean and classical transformations show the importance of nature and animality in the construction of the human, and on the other hand, the dichotomic vision of Plato regarding matter and spirit is discussed. In Rivera Martínez, the confluence of the Andean and the classical leads to a complex perception of beauty and harmony, while Riesco allows us to understand the formation of a consciousness that includes the other and our own in a creative space, a germ of writing.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)33-50
    JournalMitologias Hoy
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2019


    • Andean mythology
    • Classical mythology
    • Edgardo Rivera Marínez
    • Gamaliel Churata
    • Laura Riesco
    • Mythical transformations


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