Writing Without Words Alternative Literacies in Mesoamerica and the Andes

ISBN-10: 082231388X
ISBN-13: 9780822313885
Edition: 1994
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List price: $25.95
Copyright year: 1994
Publisher: Duke University Press
Publication date: 5/16/1994
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 336
Size: 7.00" wide x 9.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.342
Language: English

"Here are writing systems that are visual to their very core, free from the march of linguistic sounds. In showing us how to read such writing, these authors lead us across the boundaries of archaeology, linguistics, ethnology, history, and art history, and treat us to novel experiments along the way. Anyone who enjoys challenges to ordinary modes of textual interpretation and ordinary ideas about the nature of writing itself is in for quite a treat."--Dennis Tedlock, State University of New York, Buffalo

Walter D. Mignolo is Director of the Institute for Global Studies in Humanities, William H. Wannamaker Professor of Literature and Romance Studies, and Professor of Cultural Anthropology at Duke University. He is the author ofThe Idea of Latin America;Local Histories/Global Designs: Coloniality, Subaltern Knowledges, and Border Thinking; andThe Darker Side of The Renaissance: Literacy, Territoriality and Colonizationand a co-editor ofRereading the Black Legend: The Discourses of Religious and Racial Difference in the Renaissance Empires.

Preface and Acknowledgments
Introduction: Writing and Recording Knowledge
Literacy among the Pre-Columbian Maya: A Comparative
Aztec Pictorial Histories: Records without Words
Voicing the Painted Image: A Suggestion for Reading the Reverse of the Codez Cospi
The Text in the Body, the Body in the Text: The Embodied Sign in Mixtec Writing
Hearing the Echoes of Verbal Art in Mixtec Writing
Mexican Codices, Maps and Lienzos as Social Contracts
Primers for Memory: Cartographic Histories and Nahua Identity
Representation in the Sixteenth Century and the Colonial Image of the Inca
Signs and Their Transmission: The Question of the Book in the New World
Object and Alphabet: Andean Indians and Documents in the Colonial Period
Afterword: Writing and Recorded Knowledge in Colonial and Postcolonial Situations
Index

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