Latin America

The Limits of Gender Domination

Women, the Law, and Political Crisis in Quito, 1765-1830
By Chad Thomas Black

By documenting the progressive removal of limits to patriarchal power in the waning years of the Spanish Empire in Quito, this study traces the genealogy of legal patriarchy in Spanish America.

Tracking the Chupacabra

The Vampire Beast in Fact, Fiction, and Folklore
By Benjamin Radford

Combining five years of careful investigation (including information from eyewitness accounts, field research, and forensic analysis) with a close study of the creature's cultural and folkloric significance, Radford's book is the first to fully explore and try to solve the decades-old mystery of the chupacabra.

Cuauhtémoc's Bones

Forging National Identity in Modern Mexico
By Paul Gillingham

In this engaging study, Paul Gillingham uses the revelation of the forgery of Cuauhtémoc's tomb and the responses it evoked as a means of examining the set of ideas, beliefs, and dreams that bind societies to the nation-state.

The Maya World of Communicating Objects

Quadripartite Crosses, Trees, and Stones
By Miguel Angel Astor-Aguilera

Astor-Aguilera argues that the western concept of religion and religious objects is not the framework for understanding Mayan cosmology or practice.

Neo-Mexicanism

Mexican Figurative Painting and Patronage in the 1980s
By Teresa Eckmann

Eckmann's study addresses such important questions as how neo-Mexicanist art has been defined, what its motivations and influences are, how it has been promoted and interpreted, and to what extent that patronage has influenced the development and construction of the movement.

Damned Notions of Liberty

Slavery, Culture, and Power in Colonial Mexico, 1640-1769
By Frank Proctor

This study explores the lived experience of slavery from the perspective of slaves themselves to reveal how the enslaved may have conceptualized and contested their subordinated social positions in New Spain's middle colonial period (roughly 1630"“1760s).

Selected Poems of Gabriela Mistral

Translated by Ursula K. Le Guin
Translated by Ursula K. Le Guin

The breadth and depth of Nobel laureate Gabriela Mistral's poetry is passionately translated to English by Le Guin in this landmark bilingual edition.

Singing to the Plants

A Guide to Mestizo Shamanism in the Upper Amazon
By Stephan V. Beyer

This accessible study of ayahuasca shamanism introduces its ritual practices, including healers' spiritual relationships with the native plants used in its ceremonies.

Irresistible Forces

Latin American Migration to the United States and Its Effects on the South
By Gregory WeeksJohn Weeks

This study examines the phenomenon of the impact of Latin American migration on the southeastern United States, a region that now has the nation's fastest growing immigrant population.

Subjects: Latin America

The Myths of the Opossum

Pathways of Mesoamerican Mythology
By Alfredo Austin
Translated by Bernard Ortiz de Montellano

First published in 1990 under the title Los mitos del tlacuache, this is the first major theoretical study of Mesoamerican mythology by one of the foremost scholars of Aztec ideology.

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