AbstractsLanguage, Literature & Linguistics

Love Interest: Figures and Fictions of Venture Capital and the Law in Conquista

by Nicole Delia Legnani

Institution: Harvard University
Department: Romance Languages and Literatures
Degree: PhD
Year: 2014
Keywords: Latin American studies; Latin American literature; History; laws of peoples (jus gentium); metalepsis; habitus; political theology; Spanish conquest; conquista; usury; venture capital; commenda; triple contract
Record ID: 2045427
Full text PDF: http://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:HUL.InstRepos:12274462


Inspired by the visual allegory ("Conquista, embarcáronse a las Indias" fol. 73 of the Nueva corónica), Legnani contends that the development of the laws of peoples (jus gentium) by 16th century Spanish jurists should be analyzed within the corpus of commercial law (lex mercatoria) employed by sea merchants, bankers and mercenaries throughout the 15th and 16th centuries. This dissertation explores the movement from figure to fiction in discourses of capital and violence. Romance Languages and Literatures