ERIC Number: EJ1040005
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Mar
Abstractor: As Provided
"Palabras de la Ciencia": Pedro Castera and Scientific Writing in Mexico's "Fin de Siècle"
del Pilar Blanco, María
Science & Education, v23 n3 p541-556 Mar 2014
This essay explores the career of the understudied writer Pedro Castera (1846-1906), who is regarded as one of the first practitioners of science fiction in Mexico. A man of many talents, Castera is one of the most eccentric and eclectic figures in the intellectual life of fin-de-siècle Mexico City. His career took many turns: While during specific periods he devoted himself to writing and participating within the liberal, cosmopolitan culture of Mexico City, he often disappeared from the public eye to devote himself to the development of inventions in the mining industry. The essay discusses the different meanings of "invention" within Castera's oeuvre, namely poetic and scientific innovation. Setting these two concepts within the domains of literature and scientific writing in the global and local fin de siècle, the essay investigates how Castera's journalism and fiction (specifically his 1890 novel "Querens") are representative of the wider question of scientific development in Mexico and Latin America as a whole during the nineteenth century. Furthermore, it explores the intersections of aesthetics and science during a critical period of modern intellectual history, in which these two areas of knowledge were gradually defining themselves as two distinctive cultures.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Authors, Science Fiction, Intellectual Property, Journalism, Novels, Nineteenth Century Literature, Latin American Literature, Mining, Latin American History, Intellectual History
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Identifiers - Location: Mexico