After Spanish Rule

After Spanish Rule

Postcolonial Predicaments of the Americas

  • Author: Thurner, Mark; Guerrero, Andrés; Mignolo, Walter D.; Silverblatt, Irene; Saldívar-Hull, Sonia; Amin, Shahid
  • Publisher: Duke University Press
  • Serie: Latin america otherwise
  • ISBN: 9780822331575
  • eISBN Pdf: 9780822385332
  • Place of publication:  Durham , United States
  • Year of digital publication: 2003
  • Month: November
  • Pages: 376
  • DDC: 980/.03
  • Language: English
Insisting on the critical value of Latin American histories for recasting theories of postcolonialism, After Spanish Rule is the first collection of essays by Latin Americanist historians and anthropologists to engage postcolonial debates from the perspective of the Americas. These essays extend and revise the insights of postcolonial studies in diverse Latin American contexts, ranging from the narratives of eighteenth-century travelers and clerics in the region to the status of indigenous intellectuals in present-day Colombia. The editors argue that the construction of an array of singular histories at the intersection of particular colonialisms and nationalisms must become the critical project of postcolonial history-writing.

Challenging the universalizing tendencies of postcolonial theory as it has developed in the Anglophone academy, the contributors are attentive to the crucial ways in which the histories of Latin American countries—with their creole elites, hybrid middle classes, subordinated ethnic groups, and complicated historical relationships with Spain and the United States—differ from those of other former colonies in the southern hemisphere. Yet, while acknowledging such differences, the volume suggests a host of provocative, critical connections to colonial and postcolonial histories around the world.

Thomas Abercrombie
Shahid Amin
Jorge Cañizares-Esguerra
Peter Guardino
Andrés Guerrero
Marixa Lasso
Javier Morillo-Alicea
Joanne Rappaport
Mauricio Tenorio-Trillo
Mark Thurner

  • Contents
  • Acknowledgments
  • Foreword
    • 1. ESCRITURA On Imagining/Writing Postcolonial Histories
      • Point and Counterpoint Andrés Guerrero
      • After Spanish Rule: Writing Another After Mark Thurner
      • Essaying the History of National Images Mauricio Tenorio Trillo
  • 2. POETICA Knowledges, Nations, Histories
    • Postcolonialism avante la lettre? Travelers and Clerics in Eighteenth- Century Colonial Spanish America Jorge Cañizares-Esguerra
    • ‘‘Aquel laberinto de oficinas’’: Ways of Knowing Empire in Late- Nineteenth-Century Spain Javier Morillo-Alicea
    • Peruvian Genealogies of History and Nation Mark Thurner
    • Mothers and Mistresses of the Urban Bolivian Public Sphere: Postcolonial Predicament and National Imaginary in Oruro’s Carnival Thomas A. Abercrombie
  • 3. POLITICA Governmentalities, States, Subjects
    • Revisiting Independence Day: Afro-Colombian Politics and Creole Patriot Narratives, Cartagena, 1809–1815 Marixa Lasso
    • Postcolonialism as Self-Fulfilled Prophecy? Electoral Politics in Oaxaca, 1814–1828 Peter Guardino
    • The Administration of Dominated Populations under a Regime of Customary Citizenship: The Case of Postcolonial Ecuador Andrés Guerrero
    • Redrawing the Nation: Indigenous Intellectuals and Ethnic Pluralism in Contemporary Colombia Joanne Rappaport
  • Contributors
  • Index


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