Juan Carlos Garzón Mantilla – Sacsayhuaman in Early Modernity or the Invention of New Ancient Marvels of the World

I study the arts and literatures of Andean archaeology from the 16th to the 18th centuries. I explore the theorization and imagining of Pre-Columbian built landscapes in Early Modern arts and literatures in a global perspective. 

My book project, titled Ancha Ñaupa Pacha (The Most Ancient Time/World) studies the relationship between Andean Pre-Columbian built landscapes and the development of the global archaeological imagination between the 16th and 19th centuries. I explore how pre-Columbian material culture became part of the Early Modern global histories of antiquity, connected to the Biblical and Classical traditions. I argue that this process was parallel to the invention of the overarching archaeological concept of the ‘Ancient Americas.’ Thus, I also study the long-duration of a series of archaeological-antiquarian ideas. To do so, I analyze historical and archaeological arts and literatures as creative and artistic practices that invented and developed long-duration myths, tropes, and concepts about the pre-Columbian past.

Juan Carlos G Mantilla is Assistant Professor in the Department of English at California State University Fresno. He works across literary and art history with a focus on precolumbian and early modern material culture and nature. His research has received the support of the SSRC, Freie Universitat Berlin, Humboldt Universitat zu Berlin, the Bibliotheca Hertziana, Bard Graduate Center and the JCB Library. His recent work has been published in Vistas, Verso, Telar, Relating Continets, and National Epics.



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Academies Editorial Board (2024, 26. Februar). Juan Carlos Garzón Mantilla – Sacsayhuaman in Early Modernity or the Invention of New Ancient Marvels of the World. TRANSREGIONAL ACADEMIES. Abgerufen am 15. Juni 2024, von https://doi.org/10.58079/vwna

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