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Muerte en Exhibición. Necrológicas en el Boletín del Instituto Geográfico Argentino

Artikel i vetenskaplig tidskrift
Författare Andrea Castro
Publicerad i Iberoamericana. Nordic Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Studies
Volym 46
Nummer/häfte 1
Sidor 99-108
Publiceringsår 2017
Publicerad vid Institutionen för språk och litteraturer
Sidor 99-108
Språk es
Länkar doi.org/10.16993/iberoamericana.113
Ämnesord siglo XIX, ciencia y literatura, muerte, temas, nación
Ämneskategorier Vetenskapshistoria, Idé- o lärdomshistoria, Litteraturvetenskap

Sammanfattning

The article analyses 14 obituaries of men of science that appeared in the journal Boletín Geográfico Argentino between 1889 and 1910. It is argued that together they form a pantheon of memorable bodies that stands out in contrast to other bodies, namely those that, at the same time and by the same men, are being collected for the museums of natural history. The focus of the article lies on how the figure of the scientist is constructed through a series of recurrent themes, such as laboriosity, productivity and devotion to the nation. These, contrasted with other articles in the magazine, help us visualize the practices of power and of knowledge embedded in the genre. The discussion raises questions about the tensions between the private and the public as well as those between the individual and the community. The analysis shows that although the worthiness of a place in the pantheon of memorable men is closely linked to the exercise of violence in the name of a nation and in the name of science, this exercise is silenced at the moment of exhibiting death in the studied obituaries.

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