Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (M.A.)


Inter-American Studies

First Advisor

Walter A. Payne

First Committee Member

Lee Fennell

Second Committee Member

Alberto Eraso-Guerro


In this inquiry, the attempt is made first to see Mexico through the eyes of Octavio Paz, who in his essay, The Other Mexico: Critique of the Pyramid, considers the development of modern Mexico from a cultural, historical and political perspective and secondly to interface a universal archetype with the Mexican experience. Regarding the first endeavor, it is Paz’s intention to bring his nation to a better understanding of its own peculiar dilemmas and to indicate changes of attitudes essential for salutary future progress. It is true that as Mexico’s renowned poet, essayist, playwright, editor and diplomat, Paz treats the nation’s central and critical problems from his role as an intellectual. A few reflections on this role will be helpful.





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