In: KulturPoetik 2006, Heft 1


Monika Schmitz-Emans


Konzepte ästhetischer Hybridität bei Alejo Carpentier




In his novels as well as in his essays and critical writings as a musicologist and ethnologist of music, Alejo Carpentier is concerned with the issue of cultural hybridity. However, his ideas about hybridization and those forms of artistic creation that emerge from culturally disparate sources undergo a remarkable change. In Los pasos perdidos (1953) the concepts of authenticity and purity are crucial. The music of Indians in the primeval forest appears as the very epitome of ›original‹ art, contrasting with the hybrid cultural forms of the civilized Western world. In Concierto barroco (1974), by contrast, Carpentier affirms hybridity emphatically as a source of artistic inspiration. Both ideas about the origins of art are linked with interpretations of Latin American culture in general and with the shaping of its ›baroque‹ and multi-ethnic reality.