Beyond the Lettered City
Indigenous Literacies in the Andes
Publication Year: 2012
Published by: Duke University Press
Series: Narrating Native Histories
Title Page, Copyright
About the Series
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Narrating Native Histories aims to foster a rethinking of the ethical, methodological, and conceptual frameworks within which we locate our work on Native histories and cultures. We seek to create a space for . . .
List of Illustrations
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The research on which we base this study was funded by a Senior Collaborative Research Grant from the Getty Grant Program in 1995–96, permitting us to engage in interdisciplinary discussion and interpretation, . . .
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From 1574 until his death in Madrid in 1590, Don Diego de Torres, the hereditary chief or cacique of the Muisca town of Turmequé, near Bogotá, fought a legal battle to regain the rights to his . . .
1. Imagining Colonial Culture
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Andean peoples appropriated European representational forms within a colonial context that was more than a mere backdrop to their actions: it came to be an integral component of their worldview. . . .
2. Genre/Gender/Género: “Que no es uno ni otro, ni está claro”
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Género is, by its etymological nature, a multifaceted word. When employed, it works to define, to distinguish, and to categorize so as to bring into proper focus social and cultural specificities. This . . .
3. The Indigenous Lettered City
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The Spanish colonial social formation, writes Ángel Rama using a stunningly apposite metonym, can be best comprehended as a “lettered city,” a baroque edifice dedicated to the civilizing mission, . . .
4. Genres in Action
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Up to this point we have only touched upon the conditions surrounding the production of legal documents. However, it is in the conditions of their transmission, reception, and subsequent use . . .
5. The King’s Quillca and the Rituality of Literacy
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On 30 May 1613, two Muisca caciques, Don Francisco and Don Diego, wrote to King Philip II from their communities of Tuna and Suba, just a few leagues from Bogotá (agi/S 1613). They informed . . .
6. Reorienting the Colonial Body: Space and the Imposition of Literacy
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Literacy, whether alphabetic or visual, is an intimately physical practice that involves the human body in a series of learned, though largely unconscious, activities: the position in which the reader . . .
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In one of the early seventeenth- century Jesuit annual letters, a Muisca woman recounts a telling vision to her confessor. Twenty years earlier she had been seriously ill and sought the services of a . . .
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Page Count: 392
Illustrations: 67 illustrations, including 9 in color
Publication Year: 2012
Series Title: Narrating Native Histories