Heart of Creation: The Mesoamerican World and the Legacy of Linda Schele

Heart of Creation: The Mesoamerican World and the Legacy of Linda Schele

by Andrea Stone
     
 

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This accessible, state-of-the-art review of Mayan hieroglyphics and cosmology also serves as a tribute to one of the field's most noted pioneers.

The core of this book focuses on the current study of Mayan hieroglyphics as inspired by the recently deceased Mayanist Linda Schele. As author or coauthor of more than 200 books or articles on the Maya,

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This accessible, state-of-the-art review of Mayan hieroglyphics and cosmology also serves as a tribute to one of the field's most noted pioneers.

The core of this book focuses on the current study of Mayan hieroglyphics as inspired by the recently deceased Mayanist Linda Schele. As author or coauthor of more than 200 books or articles on the Maya, Schele served as the chief disseminator of knowledge to the general public about this ancient Mesoamerican culture, similar to the way in which Margaret Mead introduced anthropology and the people of Borneo to the English-speaking world.

Twenty-five contributors offer scholarly writings on subjects ranging from the ritual function of public space at the Olmec site and the gardens of the Great Goddess at Teotihuacan to the understanding of Jupiter in Maya astronomy and the meaning of the water throne of Quirigua Zoomorph P. The workshops on Maya history and writing that Schele conducted in Guatemala and Mexico for the highland people, modern descendants of the Mayan civilization, are thoroughly addressed as is the phenomenon termed "Maya mania"—the explosive growth of interest in Maya epigraphy, iconography, astronomy, and cosmology that Schele stimulated. An appendix provides a bibliography of Schele's publications and a collection of Scheleana, written memories of "the Rabbit Woman" by some of her colleagues and students.

Of interest to professionals as well as generalists, this collection will stand as a marker of the state of Mayan studies at the turn of the 21st century and as a tribute to the remarkable personality who guided a large part of that archaeological research for more than two decades.

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"The insight we gain from the various authors into Schele's contributions and influence is enlightening."
Ethnohistory

"Essential to understanding how Maya studies have matured, due in large measure to Schele's efforts."
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Library Journal
Linda Schele was a practicing artist who encountered the ruins of the Palenque dynasty (397-699 C.E.) in Chiapas, Mexico, in 1970 and, remarkably, soon thereafter shifted into academia as a major interpreter of Maya hieroglyphic writing and art. Her substantial writings include The Code of Kings with Peter Mathews, Justin Kerr, and Mac Duff; Hidden Faces of the Maya with Jorge Perez de Lara; and Maya Cosmos with David Friedel and Joy Parker. This volume, edited by art historian Stone (Univ. of Wisconsin, Milwaukee; Images from the Underworld), was compiled after a seminar in Schele's honor following her untimely death in 1998. The book includes reflections on Schele's contributions to the field, an original article by Schele edited posthumously, nine original articles by other experts in the field, a bibliography of Schele's work, and a warm, personal set of recollections of her life and personality. The black-and-white illustrations and photographs are clear and interesting. Because the articles require some acquaintance with the field, this book is recommended for academic collections emphasizing Mesoamerica. Paula R. Dempsey, DePaul Univ. Lib., Chicago Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780817311384
Publisher:
University of Alabama Press
Publication date:
05/02/2002
Edition description:
1
Pages:
400
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.90(d)

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Andrea Stone is Professor of Art History at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and author of Images from the Underworld: Naj Tunich and the Tradition of Maya Cave Painting.

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