This edited volume offers new perspectives from leading scholars on the important work of Inca Garcilaso de la Vega (1539–1616), one of the first Latin American writers to present an intellectual analysis of pre-Columbian history and culture and the ensuing colonial period. To the contributors, Inca Garcilaso’s Royal Commentaries of the Incas presented an early counter-hegemonic discourse and a reframing of the history of native non-alphabetic cultures that undermined the colonial rhetoric of his time and the geopolitical divisions it purported. Through his research in both Andean and Renaissance archives, Inca Garcilaso sought to connect these divergent cultures into one world.
This collection offers five classical studies of Royal Commentaries previously unavailable in English, along with seven new essays that cover topics including Andean memory, historiography, translation, philosophy, trauma, and ethnic identity. This cross-disciplinary volume will be of interest to students and scholars of Latin American history, culture, comparative literature, subaltern studies, and works in translation.
About the Author
Christian Fernández is associate professor of Latin American studies at Louisiana State University, where he has twice served as director of Hispanic studies. He is the author of Inca Garcilaso: Imaginación, memoria e identidad.
Table of ContentsContents Acknowledgments Introduction - Sara Castro-Klarén Inca Garcilaso's Biography - Christian Fernández 1. Rhetoric and Politics: Transatlantic Images and Paratexts in the Royal Commentaries - Christian Fernández 2. A Syncretic Tropology: Semantic and Symbolic Aspects of the Royal Commentaries - José Antonio Mazzotti 3. The Dissemination and Reading of the Royal Commentaries in the Peruvian Viceroyalty - Pedro M. Guibovich Pérez 4. Translation and Writing in the Work of Inca Garcilaso de la Vega - Susana Jákfalvi-Leiva 5. “Mestizo . . . Me lo llamo a boca llena y me honro con él”: Race in Inca Garcilaso’s Royal Commentaries of the Incas and General History of Peru - Margarita Zamora 6. “For It Is a Single World”: Marcilio Ficino and Inca Garcilaso de la Vega in Dialogue with Pagan Philosophies - Sara Castro-Klarén 7. Writing the History of an Andean Ghost - Francisco A. Ortega Martínez 8. Inca Garcilaso and Translation - Julio Ortega 9. Locke and Inca Garcilaso: Subtexts, Politics, and European Expansion - James W. Fuerst 10. Signifyin(g), Double Consciousness, and Coloniality: The Royal Commentaries as Theory of Practice and Political Project - Gonzalo Lamana 11. The Historiographical Metatext and the New World Historiography - Walter D. Mignolo Afterword - John Beverley Contributors Index