The Darker Side of the Renaissance: Literacy, Territoriality, & Colonization, 2nd Edition / Edition 2

The Darker Side of the Renaissance: Literacy, Territoriality, & Colonization, 2nd Edition / Edition 2

by Walter Mignolo
ISBN-10:
0472089315
ISBN-13:
9780472089314
Pub. Date:
10/07/2003
Publisher:
University of Michigan Press
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The Darker Side of the Renaissance: Literacy, Territoriality, & Colonization, 2nd Edition / Edition 2

The Darker Side of the Renaissance weaves together literature, semiotics, history, historiography, cartography, and cultural theory to examine the role of language in the colonization of the New World. Exploring the many connections among writing, social organization, and political control, including how alphabetic writing is linked with the exercise of power, Walter D. Mignolo claims that European forms of literacy were at the heart of New World colonization. It has long been acknowledged that Amerindians were at a disadvantage in facing European invaders because native cultures did not employ the same kind of texts (hence "knowledge") that the Europeans valued. Yet no one but Mignolo has so thoroughly examined either the process or the implications of conquest and destruction through language. The book continues to challenge commonplace understandings of New World history and to stimulate new colonial and postcolonial scholarship.

Walter D. Mignolo is Professor in the Department of Romance Studies and the Program in Literature, Duke University.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780472089314
Publisher: University of Michigan Press
Publication date: 10/07/2003
Edition description: Second Edition
Pages: 488
Sales rank: 1,142,326
Product dimensions: 6.13(w) x 9.25(h) x 1.30(d)

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