The memory of the Other in war writing a case study - Jorge de Henin's memorial
Ana Paula Avelar
Paper short abstract:
I will frame discoursive modalities within the context of coeval textual and visual representations in extra-European spaces: decoding how narrative modalities depicted military events, and their actors, in a historical context, and the way the concepts of War and Peace were thus revisited.
Paper long abstract:
My paper is part of FCT financed project - Re Militari: From Military literature to the battle field imagery in the Portuguese Space 1521-1621 (PTDC/ ART-HIS/32459/2017). I start by perceiving how the writing of the war was shaped, in late 16th century Portugal, within the context of an imperial imaginary. Michel Foucault's notion of Other and Paul Ricoeur's concept of Memory allow me to understand then how discoursive modalities which were conceived at the time. These I frame within the context of coeval historiographical discourse, e.g., textual and visual representations of new experiences, namely military disputes, in extra-European spaces. Besides decoding how narrative modalities depicted military events, and their actors, in a historical context, I ponder on the way the concepts of War and Peace were revisited in different texts, namely in Jorge de Henin's memorial - Descripción de los reinos de marruecos (1603-1613), which stands at the core of my whole analysis.
History: foundations and current readings