Latin America

Primitive Revolution

Restorationist Religion and the Idea of the Mexican Revolution, 1940-1968
By Jason Dormady

In this intriguing study, Jason Dormady examines the ways members of Mexico's urban and rural poor used religious community to mediate between themselves and the state through the practice of religious primitivism, the belief that they were restoring Christianity-and the practice of Mexican citizenship-to a more pure and essential state.

The Maya of Modernism

Art, Architecture, and Film
By Jesse Lerner

This study examines the ways artists, architects, filmmakers, photographers, and other producers of visual culture in Mexico, the United States, Europe, and beyond have mined Mayan history and imagery.

Jean-Frederic Waldeck

Artist of Exotic Mexico
By Esther Pasztory

This work is a rediscovery of the lively and dramatic art of one of the first European artists to visit the ruins at Palenque in the early nineteenth century.

Diseased Relations

Epidemics, Public Health, and State-Building in Yucatán, Mexico, 1847-1924
By Heather McCrea

This study examines the politics of postcolonial state-building through the lens of disease and public health policy in order to trace how indigenous groups on the periphery of power and geography helped shape the political practices and institutions of modern Mexico.

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.

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.

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.

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