Indigeneity in the Mexican Cultural Imagination: Thresholds of Belonging

Indigeneity in the Mexican Cultural Imagination: Thresholds of Belonging

By: Analisa Taylor (author)Paperback

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Since the end of the Mexican Revolution in 1917, the state has engaged in vigorous campaign to forge a unified national identity. Within the context of this effort, Indians are at once both denigrated and romanticised. Often marginalised, they are nonetheless subjects of constant national interest. Contradictory policies highlighting segregation, assimilation, modernisation, and cultural preservation have alternately included and excluded Mexico's indigenous population from the state's self-conscious efforts to shape its identity. Yet, until now, no single book has combined the various elements of this process to provide a comprehensive look at the Indian in Mexico's cultural imagination. Indigeneity in the Mexican Cultural Imagination offers a much-needed examination of this fickle relationship as it is seen through literature, ethnography, film and art.

The book focuses on representations of indigenous peoples in post-revolutionary literary and intellectual history by examining key cultural texts. Using these analyses as a foundation, Analisa Taylor links her critique to national Indian policy, rights, and recent social movements in Southern Mexico. In addition, she moves beyond her analysis of indigenous peoples in general to take a gendered look at indigenous women ranging from the villainised Malinche to the highly romanticised and sexualised Zapotec women of the Isthmus of Tehuantepec.

The contradictory treatment of the Indian in Mexico's cultural imagination is not unique to that country alone. Rather, the situation there is representative of a phenomenon seen throughout the world. Though this book addresses indigeneity in Mexico specifically, it has far-reaching implications for the study of indigeneity across Latin America and beyond. Much like the late Edward Said's Orientalism, this book provides a glimpse at the very real effects of literary and intellectual discourse on those living in the margins of society.

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Analisa Taylor is an associate professor of Latin American literature and culture at the University of Oregon, USA. Her essays have appeared in Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society, the Journal of Latin American Cultural Studies, and the Latin American Literary Review.

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  • publication date: 30/10/2013
  • ISBN13: 9780816530663
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 160
  • ID: 9780816530663
  • weight: 236
  • ISBN10: 0816530661

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