By Jossianna Arroyo
Addressing the transnational relationships of Freemasonry, politics, and tradition within the box of Latin American and Caribbean literatures and cultures, Writing Secrecy presents perception into Pan-Caribbean, transnational and diasporic formations of those Masonic resorts and their impacts on political and cultural discourses within the Americas.
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For every Masonic lodge that was founded in the Americas, there was a “mother” lodge in Europe or the United States, acting not only as the “host” site for Masonic law and ritual, but also creating at the same time, a transnational and transatlantic “fraternal” alliance. , Mexico, North Carolina, and New York). In this geography, the last two colonies of Spain in the Americas, Cuba and Puerto Rico, accrue a special importance. Here, on the very limit of the decaying colonial structure, we see secret Masonic conspiracies assume a more than occult importance in designing the overthrow of Spanish colonialism.
Thus for Manzano, as for many enslaved or free artisans, money reflects a system of value associated with forms of subjugated freedom. ”57 This is the only instance in the novel in which a hint of black-mulatto rebellion is suggested. 58 Symbolically, to cut the hand of the white Creole master would be to cut their power as a social class, as for artisans and artists, hands are symbols of creativity or productivity. Uribe verbalizes the ultimate revenge of slaves against their masters. In his fantasy masters are objectified as their bodies become instrumentalized.
36 This book offers a reading of many of these structures, or baselines, following the writer as a Benjaminian bricoleur, and the architect (of established power and of revolution) as prefigured in Masonic rituals and Freemasonry. The word, I contend, was performed by “letrados” in colonial times, whose understanding of writing touched forms of legitimacy and social power. Freemasonry—one of many secrets or “learned” societies in the Americas—encouraged liberal and secular ideals that came directly from Enlightenment philosophers and the French Revolution.