Don Catrin de la Fachenda
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Description: Written in 1819 and approved by the censorship in 1820, Don Catrín de la Fachenda was the last novel written by José J. Fernández de Lizardi, and the only one that remained unpublished till 1832, five years after the author¿s death. At first glance, the novel does not seem ¿at least morally¿ to doubt: bad characters die, catrinismo stands defeated, and truth prevails monopolized by the clergy, the military, and the nobility. Probably due the canonization of Fernández de Lizardi by the liberal historiography towards the end of the 19th century, most critics tend to see in Don Catrín de la Fachenda another representative of a colonial order that the emergent Mexican nation must overcome to advance into liberal modernization. However in the novel there are enough traces of the anxiety experienced by Lizardi facing the progress of an insurgency that, sooner than later, would impose a code that the author perceives as materialistic and bourgeois. This is probably why all political expectations in this work rely on redeemer-characters who belong to a colonial apparatus that Lizardi seems committed to modernize at all cost: clergy that quote Rousseau, military officials who declare loyalty to the king and the law, creole nobility that does not rely on blood but virtue, and men of letters who embrace a concept of citizenship grounded in religion, education and work. Displaying a reformism that can be classified as constitutional-monarchical, Lizardi expects these characters to be the privileged agents who will peacefully lead the political and social change so much needed in New Spain at those times. Far from supporting the hypothesis of a revolutionary agenda, the results of opposing discourses within Don Catrín de la Fachenda seem to confirm Lizardi¿s nostalgia for a colonial order where eternal truth, honor and authority still remain bastions of the church, the army and the nobility.
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Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Stockcero, Incorporated
Publication date: 10/1/2009
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.30" tall