Landscape And Power In Ancient Mesoamerica / Edition 1

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Overview


From the early cities in the second millennium BC to the Aztec capital of Tenochtitlan on the eve of the Spanish conquest, Ancient Mesoamericans created landscapes full of meaning and power in the center of their urban spaces. The sixteenth century description of Tenochtitlan by Bernal Diaz del Castillo and the archaeological remnants of Teotihuacan attest to the power and centrality of these urban configurations in Ancient Mesoamerican history. In Landscape and Power in Ancient Mesoamerica, Rex Koontz, Kathryn Reese-Taylor, and Annabeth Headrick explore the cultural logic that structured and generated these centers.Through case studies of specific urban spaces and their meanings, the authors examine the general principles by which the Ancient Mesoamericans created meaningful urban space. In a profoundly interdisciplinary exchange involving both archaeologists and art historians, this volume connects the symbolism of those landscapes, the performances that activated this symbolism, and the cultural poetics of these ensembles.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813337326
  • Publisher: Westview Press
  • Publication date: 4/1/2001
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 416
  • Lexile: 1400L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author


Rex Koontz teaches art history at the University of Texas at El Paso, and he is the author of essays on Ancient Mesoamerica, contemporary US-Mexico Border art, and non-Western aesthetics. Kathryn Reese-Taylor teaches archaeology at the University of Calgary, and she is the author of several articles on the pre-Hispanic Maya. Annabeth Headrick teaches art history at Vanderbilt University where she holds the position of Mellon Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Fine Arts. She has published on the iconography of Ancient Mesoamerican art. Rex Koontz teaches art history at the University of Texas at El Paso, and he is the author of essays on Ancient Mesoamerica, contemporary US-Mexico Border art, and non-Western aesthetics. Kathryn Reese-Taylor teaches archaeology at the University of Calgary, and she is the author of several articles on the pre-Hispanic Maya. Annabeth Headrick teaches art history at Vanderbilt University where she holds the position of Mellon Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Fine Arts. She has published on the iconography of Ancient Mesoamerican art. Rex Koontz teaches art history at the University of Texas at El Paso, and he is the author of essays on Ancient Mesoamerica, contemporary US-Mexico Border art, and non-Western aesthetics. Kathryn Reese-Taylor teaches archaeology at the University of Calgary, and she is the author of several articles on the pre-Hispanic Maya. Annabeth Headrick teaches art history at Vanderbilt University where she holds the position of Mellon Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Fine Arts. She has published on the iconography of Ancient Mesoamerican art.
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Table of Contents

Maps, Tables, and Illustrations
Foreword
Landscape and Power in Ancient Mesoamerica
Preface
1 The Cultural Poetics of Power and Space in Ancient Mesoamerica 1
2 What the Heck's Coatepec? The Formative Roots of an Enduring Mythology 29
3 Procession Rituals and Shrine Sites: The Politics of Sacred Space in the Late Formative Valley of Oaxaca 55
4 Sacred Geography at Izapa and the Performance of Rulership 81
5 Dance Performances at Quirigua 113
6 The Poetics of Power and Knowledge at La Venta 137
7 Merging Myth and Politics: The Three Temple Complex at Teotihuacan 169
8 A Model for Late Classic Community Structure at Copan, Honduras 197
9 The Form of Power: The Architectural Meaning of Building A of El Tajin 231
10 Political Rhetoric and the Unification of Natural Geography, Cosmic Space, and Gender Spheres 257
11 Mountain of Heaven, Mountain of Earth: The Great Pyramid of Cholula as Sacred Landscape 279
12 A Sense of Place at Chichen Itza 317
Index 371
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