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A propósito de la eco-espiritualidad: El caso de la UNIBOL en Bolivia

By Ginett Vanessa Pineda

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Este trabajo explora la epistemología y la praxis indígena de la eco-espiritualidad en la educación intercultural y plurilingüe de la Universidad Indígena de Bolivia (UNIBOL)2. Este planteamiento sugiere repensar la forma en que se conciben, construyen, transmiten y practican conocimientos eco-espirituales en las universidades y hasta qué punto incitan (o no) un modelo de vida saludable para el individuo y de protección de la Naturaleza3. Los objetivos principales son dos: En primer lugar, se examina y cuestiona la inclusión de epistemes indígenas en el currículum formativo, en especial la relación eco-espiritual del ser humano con la Pachamama, con el propósito de formar profesionales y técnicos indígenas que contribuyan al desarrollo sostenible local y regional y al mejoramiento de la calidad de vida de sus comunidades y, en segundo lugar, se analiza este centro académico como un proyecto de decolonización eco-crítica del pensamiento, donde se negocia con los discursos de las ciencias ecológicas y los saberes indígenas permitiendo así la coexistencia de varios discursos distintivos, reconociendo sus tensiones, desafíos y posibilidades.

Palabras clave: educación intercultural, epistemología, academia, eco-espiritualidad, colonialidad del saber, teoría decolonial, ciencias ambientales, sujeto indígena.

 

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An interview with Dr. Philip Nel

By Andrea Casals

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Dr. Philip Nel is Director of the Children’s Literature Program at Kansas State University, author of Was the Cat in the Hat Black?: The Hidden Racism of Children’s Literature, and the Need for Diverse Books (2017) and Crockett Johnson and Ruth Krauss: How an Unlikely Couple Found Love, Dodged the FBI, and Transformed Children’s Literature (2012) and co-editor of Keywords for Children’s Literature (2011) with Lissa Paul and Tales for Little Rebels: A Collection of Radical Children’s Literature (2008) with Julia Mickenberg, among others. Last August he was invited by the Chilean Ministry of Education to open the Seminario Internacional ¿Qué leer? ¿Cómo leer?: Lectura e Inclusión held at Universidad Católica with a keynote called “Was the Cat in the Hat Black?”. The local audience responded to his arguments with a big round of applause. Reading children´s literature as a boy himself, he became a lifelong reader, yet professor Nel does not romanticize children´s books, actually, he takes them very seriously, and that was made clear during his presentation in Santiago. In this brief interview he offers us further insights to his arguments.

 

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Noticias de Guamán Poma

By Rodrigo Cánovas

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Este ensayo es la transcripción de la intervención que hizo el profesor Rodrigo Cánovas en la Facultad de Letras de la Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile en otoño de 2017 a propósito de las celebraciones del día de las Letras que se festeja en conmemoración de Shakespeare y Cervantes.

 

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Coincidencias poéticas entre Bob Dylan y Violeta Parra

By Paula Miranda H

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Singing and Flying: The Epic Actions of Paradise Lost's Narrator

By Diego Alegría

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Springfield: crónica de una catástrofe anunciada

By Betzabet Hernández

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Los verdes caminos de la ecocrítica hacia las aulas del futuro

By Mita Valvassori

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Review of Marco Katz Montiel’s Music and Identity in Twentieth-Century Literature from our America.

By Camilo González

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Cultural studies have become more common in contemporary scholarly publications as academics dig deeper into the importance of understanding society through its cultural elements. Movies, paintings, books, and songs embody phenomena such as colonization, imperialism, chauvinism, poverty, discrimination, assimilation and other issues that need to be discussed at an academic level to expand our understanding of society.

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Columna Roberto Cabrera y Fundación La Fuente.

By Carolina Ojeda

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Hablar de literatura infantil en Chile era, hasta hace unos pocos años, sinónimo de… nada. Hasta hace unos pocos años, ni siquiera existía el concepto de literatura infantil. Había libros con un destinatario infantil –con niños personajes, a los q ue les pasaban cosas de niños-, pero la amplitud que encierra la literatura infantil actualmente, con la profusión de autores, ilustradores y editoriales dedicadas casi exclusivamente a la literatura infantil, no se hubiese pensado hace solo 15 o 20 años

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Un bello y rojo corazón enjaulado: Presentación del libro El Árbol de Alejandra Acosta.

By Roberto Cabrera

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Antes de cualquier cosa, quisiera agradecer a Pehuén, desde la posición del lector, por el gesto que supone editar una colección como Pingüino, a la que pertenece el libro de Alejandra Acosta que estamos hoy presentando.

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“LOOKING FOR TRUTH”

Interview with Joseph Pearce about his recently-published book on Shakespeare, his books on literary converts, and his own conversion

By Paula Baldwin

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Interviewer: In the first chapter of your recently published book, The Quest for Shakespeare, you state that it is necessary to understand the personhood and philosophy of the author to give flesh to his words. Moreover, that ‘knowing Shakespeare increases our knowledge of the plays.’(18) I would like to begin this interview applying the same principle; that is to say, getting to know Joseph Pearce in order to understand his writings better.

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Review of Tennesse Williams’ A Street Car Named Desire

By Rodrigo Navarrete

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Tennessee Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire is one of the most widespread and memorable plays of American modern theatre; its influence - not merely on the realistic dramatic tradition - is unquestionable and made visible by the countless adaptations of William’s play, transforming it into a classic literary work of the 20th century.

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Y del Sol queremos nacer

By Ragnar Behncke

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Y del sol queremos nacer. Y al sol queremos volver. Penetrante es la pregunta. Y la explicación es siempre un balbuceo. Volvemos a lo mismo Y en el instante de la partida, quebramos los pedazos. Debe ser por eso que entrevemos el destino, y nos disponemos frágiles. Del horror y las cirscunstancias surgen disímiles las antorchas del Olimpo. Enterramos todo lo entrerrable y todo vuelve a crecer. Nos deleitamos en esoñamientos. Y trajes de sables vuelven a su sitio. Yo prefiero la vulgaridad, sobre todo la vulgaridad. Me postro ante ti, oh señor, y decido ni lo uno ni lo otro. Paso las sombras y me derrito para fortalecer la sangre. Es la sangre lo que brota de mis pertenencias. Y quiero enternecer lo enternecible. Despeño y acuno, y en la verdad de todo, de todo lo muerto y todo lo llano, Escribo una ligera cirscunstancia, de miles y miles de miles. Es para beber que llueve por primera vez. Y no te confundas de lecho cuando quieras descanzar. No es en futuro noble e indemne donde no entran los fantasmas. Es Gloria y padecimiento. Es tragedia y destino, es inclemencia del tiempo. Y no por retribuir se huye ni se encaja ni se mata. Pareciera mortal. Pero no lo es. -A propósito de “The Tree of Life”, Invierno 2013.

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Learning to Love Chile: Through the Eyes of a Gringa

By Sarah Lyons

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TI’m the new girl in town. Not like anyone notices in a city the size of Santiago, but for me everything is new. And with new comes different! Before moving to Santiago in August I had only been to Chile once and for three short weeks as a tourist. Everything is easy and enjoyable when you’re on vacation! Then I moved here and now I find myself living in a maze of people, cars and buildings trying not to get lost, suffocate during rush hour pollution and make friends along the way.

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Entrevista con José Luis Samaniego, ex Decano de la Facultad de Letras de la Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile

By Francesca Barbera

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Nos reunimos con el ex Decano de la Facultad de Letras para hablar de inglés, escritura académica, enseñanza de idiomas y literatura. Esto es lo que nos dijo.

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Maurice Sendak’s My Brother’s Book

By Andrea Casals

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Maurice Sendak is best known for Where the Wild Things Are (first published in 1963 and taken into the big screen in 2009). As Peter Hunt states, Sendak may be regarded as a precursor of picture books in the US: in his books “[t]he images, the design and the words all reinforce each other” (124). Sendak himself declared in an interview on the Public National Radio that he’d rather think of his work as “picture making” instead of calling himself an illustrator because illustrations on a book simply retell the story, but his stories, he said, continue in the pictures. Sendak is also known for the way in which he explored children’s strong emotions, challenging earlier representations of innocent children as well as traditional portrayals of what was supposed to be a standard American child in the mid-1900s, which certainly provoked controversy with regards to the response to his books.

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The Kinks’ English Episode III: Rushdie And I

By Leonardo Villarroel

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Salman Rushdie came into my life, as into those of many others, that fatidic February 14th, 1989. He may have actually done so a couple of days later, but hey, that is also my birthday, so I like to entertain the poetry of that possibility. I was eight years old and I used to devotedly watch the nightly news, as in those days journalism, albeit under a totalitarian regime, had not degraded to the lows of today’s standards. The news kept talking about Rushdie and the death threats against him; they said he had written a book called The Satanic Verses. To my eight year-old mind there was nothing more fascinating and attractive that a book title with the word Satanic on it, and so this news item imprinted itself in my memory. Who knew, perhaps some day, maybe one day I would be able to read these so-called verses and maybe I would knew what it was that Satan had to say.

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Walt Whitman, Allen Ginsberg and Pablo Neruda: A Poetical/Political Dialogue for Future Generations

By Dr. Susan A. Foote

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The purpose of this paper is to examine a constant and fluid dialogue among three poets: Walt Whitman (1819-1892), Allen Ginsberg (1926-1997) and Pablo Neruda (1904-1973). To accomplish this, we will first review some of the aspects of Whitman’s poetry that inspired Neruda and Ginsberg, leading them over and over to invoke his name and style of poetry in their own work and to choose him as an imaginary companion with whom to dialogue. Then we will look at Ginsberg’s poem, “A Supermarket in California” as well as Ginsberg’s adaptation/translation of Pablo Neruda’s “Que despierte el leñador/Let the Railsplitter Awake”. We conclude that Whitman, a century later, continues to speak to these poets and remind them of ideals that transcend time and political ideologies. The historical contingencies have changed but hopes for a just and democratic world have not. American tour, which includes Argentina, Uruguay and the Welsh Patagonia as some of their upcoming destinations.

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She Stoops to Conquer – A Review

By White Rabbit Team

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Thanks to the generous sponsorship of the Instituto Chileno Británico de Cultura, the British Commonwealth Community Society organized a one-day only production of Oliver Goldsmith’s comedy She Stoops to Conquer in English. The event took place in the Aula Magna of the Universidad de Los Andes on the 27th of April of the present year. On this occasion, Lighthouse Theatre Ltd. visited Chile as part of their Latin American tour, which includes Argentina, Uruguay and the Welsh Patagonia as some of their upcoming destinations.

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Roundtable “Jornada de Enseñanza de Literatura en Inglés 2012”: Teaching Literature, Teaching Life

By Paula Baldwin

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My life is divided into two different fields. One field is Children’s Literature and everything that has to do with reading motivation, reading engagement, literacy, methodology, introducing children to the pleasure of reading. My other field is related but totally different; it is a totally different type of work because it is Literature as such, especially Shakespeare and drama. Now I am working in the field of short stories which are fascinating and you can do many things with them in class. But I really love theater…

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Green Books and Fun

By Andrea Casals

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The aim of this article is to make evident the opportunity that global concerns about the condition of life on our planet and the flourishing of reading perspectives such as ecocriticism or green studies offer with regards to the study, understanding and promotion of young readers’ literature and literacy in English. We will begin by briefly stating what conventionally has been associated with a complex category such as children’s literature. Once this has been framed, we will summarize what is currently understood as ecocriticism or green studies in order to further present an overview of texts for children and young readers within the Anglophone literary tradition that may be read through this perspective.

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Photographs “Jornada de Enseñanza de Literatura en Inglés 2012”

By Carmen Luz Fuentes-Vásquez

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A photographic account of the “Jornada de Enseñanza de Literatura en Inglés 2012? that took place in October 2012 at the Facultad de Letras from the Pontificia Universidad Católica.

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422 Years of Fun: Theatre Review of A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the “Jornada de Enseñanza de Literatura en Inglés 2012”

By Valentina Gutiérrez

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Midsummer Night’s Dream is a play written by William Shakespeare in the 1590s. Even though it was written several years ago, we cannot deny it keeps being as amusing, funny and surprising as it was, almost 422 years ago. Since it is a play performed all around the world, Universidad Católica de Chile could not miss it, and therefore, the past October 10th it was presented at Aulas Lassen, directed by Consuelo Gajardo, professor at the Letras department…

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Roundtable “Jornada de Enseñanza de Literatura en Inglés 2012”: Education of the Marginalized

By Reynaldo Reyes

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What I want to talk about relates a lot with what I have done in my research. I taught in middle schools, fifth to seven grades, and I have also taught third year at university. Where I teach in El Paso, almost 40% of the population is defined in the U.S. context as living in poverty. Many of those students come to our university, many of them. In fact, almost 90% of students at UTEP University come from El Paso region. The remaining 10-15% come from other places outside El Paso…

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Roundtable “Jornada de Enseñanza de Literatura en Inglés 2012”: Images in Teaching

By Lens Unsworth

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I am going to talk to you about what is often referred to as Children’s Literature. Of course, for me Children’s Literature is not just for children. Children’s Literature is for adults and people of all ages. My enthusiasm for Children’s Literature is partly because of its potential in the school system, in education. And my work is mainly with learners of English in L1, in other words, mother tongue English speakers. So it is often rather interesting to see the looks that I get on the train in Australia when I am going home from the university and people see this old guy sitting there reading children’s books. I think that if I ever develop any kind of competence at all in Spanish, it is likely that would be due to the children’s books that I’m trying to read…

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Dickens in Motion: Still Moving after Two Hundred Years

By Adam Abraham

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The following is a meditation on the career of English novelist Charles Dickens (1812–1870), on the occasion of the two hundredth anniversary of his birth. Taking its cue from Jonathan H. Grossman’s Charles Dickens’s Networks, this piece reflects on the themes of Dickens and motion (the role of public transport in his novels), Dickens and emotion (his determination to move his readers), and Dickens in motion (his personal restlessness).

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Who is Dick Datchery? A Discussion of the Primary Enigmas in The Mystery of Edwin Drood

By Johanne Kristiansen

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When Charles Dickens died in 1870, he left his last novel The Mysteries of Edwin Drood unfinished. Because the novel was never concluded, a large field of study has emerged, where so called “Droodians” debate how Dickens intended to end his novel. These debates center on three main enigmas, which need to be answered in order to establish how the plot will develop. In this essay, I will discuss these enigmas…

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An Interview with Professor John Bowen

By Margarita Maira

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We had the pleasure of meeting Professor John Bowen for a chat about Dickens exclusively for White Rabbit: ESLA.

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La Visita de Hamlet a Chile en la Versión de Thomas Ostermeier

By Carola Oyarzún

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Tal vez el interés que despierta Hamlet supera cualquier otra obra de la literatura dramática de todos los tiempos y por lo mismo, produce altas expectativas a la hora de anunciar un montaje, instancia que pone de manifiesto las infinitas posibilidades que el texto dramático contiene para su representación, a la vez que reafirma la autonomía del mundo escénico.

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From Chicano Studies to Mexican Studies, from Literature to Popular Culture: An Interview with Héctor Calderón

By Allison Ramay, Manuela Mercado

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Professor Calderón became one of the founders of Chicano literary criticism with his co-edited Criticism in the Borderlands (Duke 1991) which brought to light a canon of Chicano literature. His most recently published book is Narratives of Greater Mexico: Essays on Chicano Literary History, Genre, & Borders (Texas 2005), a study of how seven Chicana and Chicano authors contribute to a cultural and historical Mexican presence within the United States. While much of Professor Calderón’s work has focused on narrative, he has also researched and published on select Mexican rock bands and singer-song writers and the implications of their linguistic, cultural and social border-crossings between Mexico and the United States…

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The Kink’s English – Episode II

By Leonardo Villarroel

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Ok, so I’m typing this on an airplane on my way “home” to Santiago. You do know I work away, I told you last time. My good friend Loreto got me the job. I spent the whole week trying to figure out what to write about. I had a general plan for this column-like article, back when I wrote the first one. I even outlined up to episode IV of the tiny little bugger. Advice for the young at heart there in the audience: whenever you have an idea for writing something, GO AND WRITE IT

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In Memoriam of María Ester Martínez Sanz

By Beatriz Kase, Susana Bunster, María Isabel Mizón, María Cristina Arancibia and Carmen Luz Fuentes-Vásquez

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After her first studies at the UC, Professor Martínez obtained Master of Arts (1971) at the University of Wisconsin- Madison and a PH.D (1988) at the University of Indiana. Her solid formation and passionate and generous spirit allowed her to play a fundamental role in the creation of the Instituto de Letras UC in 1971, and in its subsequent transformation into a faculty.
Academic Secretary of the Instituto de Letras UC in three opportunities and of the Facultad de Letras from 1991 to 1996, she also directed the Literature Department, actively participated in the creation of the academic journal Taller de Letras, being its Director during more than a decade. She obtained the support of the Fulbright Fundation in order to create the programme of MA in American Literature and Civilization in our university, being also its first director. She endeavoured to establish the prestigious prize José Nuez Martín, currently given to a renowned writer every year. 

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The Kinks’ English, Being an Account on the Life of a Bilingual Individual on a Monolingual World

By Leonardo Villarroel

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So my good friend Loreto is now engaged to be married. Strike that. My not-really-thatgood-of-a-friend/kind-of-an-acquaintance-really (but-hey-she-did-help-me-get-my-current-job)
Loreto is now engaged to be married. Or so her Facebook status claims. Maybe she is one of those people who get lost in the translation of “engaged” for the not-as-definite Spanish “comprometido”.
Come on, we’ve all had one of those; the one who then writes those puzzled replies as to why people are congratulating him or her. But Loreto put an awful lot of pictures of her and her wouldbe husband so she must be serious, right?

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Meaningful “Protests” in the Kitchen: An Interview with Judith Butler

By White Rabbit Staff

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Judith Butler’s work represents a major contribution to contemporary theoretical criticism.
At the same time, she has been an influential political activist for more than twenty years. Butler is, at the present, Maxine Elliot Professor in the Departments of Rhetoric and Comparative Literature and the Co-director of the Program of Critical Theory at the University of California, Berkeley. She has been professor at Wesleyan University and John Hopkins University. Her work has significantly influenced the fields of gender studies, feminism, political philosophy and ethics. Her ideas are at the origin of what today is known as Queer Theory, fundamentally a performative theory, according to which sex and sexuality, rather than being something natural, are, like gender, something culturally constructed. Butler’s proposition is the de-naturalization of concepts such as sex, gender, desire, as long as they are understood as constructions that constitute cultural norms which force and violate the will of all those subjects who do not conform to them.

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On the Relativity of Perception

By Álvaro Rojas

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When thinking about reality,it is common to think that the world perceived through the senses is the same for everyone. Nevertheless, a more careful reflection reveals that this type of assertion is not always true. If we acknowledge that all human beings are essentially different, we must also recognize that the constructions processed, perceived and recreated by our senses are just as divergent. Based on Oliver Sacks’s “Speed” and various other theoretical sources, this essay discusses the relativity of perception and sensorial images as determined by our individual biological configuration.It is finallyconcluded that, regardless of the stimuli present in the medium, perception is an individual, subjective process, and “reality” is just a mental construct; an image which is potentially different for every person.

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