Coloniality at Large: Latin America and the Postcolonial Debate

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Postcolonial theory has developed mainly in the U.S. academy, and it has focused chiefly on nineteenth-century and twentieth-century colonization and decolonization processes in Asia, Africa, the Middle East, and the Caribbean. Colonialism in Latin America originated centuries earlier, in the transoceanic adventures from which European modernity itself was born. It differs from later manifestations of European expansionism in other ways as well. Coloniality at Large brings together classic and new reflections on the theoretical implications of colonialism in Latin America. By pointing out its particular characteristics, the contributors highlight some of the philosophical and ideological blind spots of contemporary postcolonial theory as they offer a thorough analysis of that theory's applicability to Latin America's past and present.

Written by internationally renowned scholars based in Latin America, the United States, and Europe, the essays reflect multiple disciplinary and ideological perspectives. Some are translated into English for the first time. The essays include theoretical reflections, literary criticism, and historical and ethnographic case studies focused on Ecuador, Guatemala, Mexico, Brazil, the Andes, and the Caribbean. Contributors highlight the relation of Marxist thought, dependency theory, and liberation theology to Latin Americans' experience of and resistance to coloniality, and they emphasize the critique of Occidentalism and modernity as central to any understanding of the colonial project. Analyzing the many ways that Latin Americans have resisted imperialism and sought emancipation and sovereignty over several centuries, they delve into topics includingviolence, identity, otherness, memory, heterogeneity, and language. Contributors also explore Latin American intellectuals' ambivalence about, or objections to, the "post" in postcolonial; to many, globalization and neoliberalism are the contemporary guises of colonialism in Latin America.

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“In Coloniality at Large, leading postcolonial literary scholars provide thoughtful and incisive insights into the lasting effects of colonial domination in Latin America.”—Patricia Seed, editor of José Limón and La Malinche: The Dancer and the Dance

“Mapping out the current state of a particularly important field of study from an interdisciplinary perspective, Coloniality at Large consists of twenty-three essays by a veritable ‘who’s who’ in Latin American cultural studies.”—Debra A. Castillo, author of Redreaming America: Toward a Bilingual American Culture

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780822341697
  • Publisher: Duke University Press Books
  • Publication date: 6/1/2008
  • Series: Latin America Otherwise Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 640
  • Sales rank: 1,093,414
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Mabel Moraña is the William H. Gass Professor in Arts and Sciences and Director of the Latin American Studies Program at Washington University, St. Louis.

Enrique Dussel is Professor of Ethics at the Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana, Iztapalapa and a member of the Faculty of Philosophy at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México.

Carlos A. Jáuregui is Associate Professor of Spanish and Anthropology at Vanderbilt University.

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Table of Contents

Colonialism and Its Replicants Mabel Morafic Morafic, Mabel Enrique Dussel Dussel, Enrique Carlos A. Jauregui Jauregui, Carlos A. 1

Pt. 1 Colonial Encounters, Decolonization, and Cultural Agency

America and the Colonizer Question: Two Formative Statements from Early Mexico Gordon Brotherston Brotherston, Gordon 23

Thinking Europe in Indian Categories, or, "Tell Me the Story of How I Conquered You" Jose Rabasa Rabasa, Jose 43

Creole Agencies and the (Post) Colonial Debate in Spanish America Jose Antonio Mazzotti Mazzotti, Jose Antonio 77

Pt. 2 Rewriting Colonial Difference

European Transplants, Amerindian In-laws, African Settlers, Brazilian Creoles: AUnique Colonial and Postcolonial Condition in Latin America Russell G. Hamilton Hamilton, Russell G. 113

Posting Letters:Writing in the Andes and the Paradoxes of the Postcolonial Debate Sara Castro-Klaren Castro-Klaren, Sara 130

Unforgotten Gods: Postcoloniality and Representations of Haiti in Antonio Benitez Rojo's "Heaven and Earth" Elzbieta Sklodowska Sklodowska, Elzbieta 158

Pt. 3 Occidentalism, Globalization, and the Geopolitics of Knowledge

Coloniality of Power, Eurocentrism, and Social Classification Anibal Quijano Quijano, Anibal 181

The Geopolitics of Knowledge and the Colonial Difference Walter D. Mignolo Mignolo, Walter D. 225

(Post)Coloniality for Dummies: Latin American Perspectives on Modernity, Caloniality, and the Geopolitics of Knowledge Santiago Cristro-Gomez Cristro-Gomez, Santiago 259

Remapping Latin American Studies: Postcolonialism, Subaltern Studies, Post-accidentalism, and Globalization Theory Eduardo Mendieta Mendieta, Eduardo 286

Developmentalism, Modernity,andDependency Theoryin Latin America Ramon Grosfoguel Grosfoguel, Ramon 307

Pt. 4 Religion, Liberation, and the Narratives of Secularism

Philosophy of Liberation, the Postmodern Debate, and Latin American Studies Enrique Dussel Dussel, Enrique 335

The Historical Meaning of Christianity of Liberationin Latin America Michael Lowy Lowy, Michael 350

Secularism and Religion in the Modern/Colonial World-System: From Secular Postcoloniality to Postsecular Transmodernity Nelson Maldonado-Torres Maldonado-Torres, Nelson 360

Pt. 5 Comparative (Post)Colonialisms

Postcolonial Theory and the Representation of Culture in the Americas Peter Hulme Hulme, Peter 388

Elephants in the Americas? Latin American Postcolonial Studies and Global Decolonization Fernando Coronil Coronil, Fernando 396

The Latin American Postcolonialism Debate in a Comparative Context Amaryll Chanady Chanady, Amaryll 417

Postcolonial Sensibility, Latin America, and the Question of Literature Roman de la Campa Campa, Roman de la 435

In the Neocolony:Destiny, Destination, and the Traffic in Meaning Mary Louise Pratt Pratt, Mary Louise 459

Pt. 6 Postcolonial Ethnicities

Peripheral Modernity and Differential Mestizsje in Latin America: Outside Subalternist Postcolonialism Mario Roberto Morales Morales, Mario Roberto 479

(Post)Coloniality in Ecuador: The Indigenous Movement's Practices and Politics of (Re)Signification and Decolonization Catherine E. Walsh Walsh, Catherine E. 506

The Maya Movement: Postcolonialism and Cultural Agency Arturo Arias Arias, Arturo 519

Bibliography 539

Contributors 609

Index 615

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