Latin American Studies

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Ch’ayemal nich’nabiletik / Los hijos errantes / The Errant Children

A bold and unflinching portrayal of contemporary Maya life in Chiapas, Mexico.

Black in Print

Explores the role of print media in conversations about race and belonging across Central America.

A Latin American Existentialist Ethos

Examines twentieth-century Mexican literature and philosophy within the broad panorama of Latin American and European existentialisms.

San Mateo de Cangrejos

Establishes the central role of Afro-Puerto Ricans in the island's history and the creation of its capital city, San Juan.

Ana M. López

Brings together Ana M. López's field-defining essays on Latin American film and media in one indispensable volume.

Cybersecurity Governance in Latin America

Explores the effects of the cyber revolution for security in the Americas.

Relocating the Sacred

Maps manifestations of the sacred and religious syncretism in Afro-Brazilian cultural forms.

Woman-Centered Brazilian Cinema

Illuminates the complex factors that have helped or hindered creative work by and about women in the twenty-first-century Brazilian film industry.

Accumulation and Subjectivity

Reconsiders key concepts in Marxist thought by examining the relationship between accumulation and subjectivity in Latin American narrative, film, and social and political theory.

The Tyranny of Common Sense

Elucidates how neoliberalism rules all areas of life and operates as a form of common sense, taking Mexico as a case study.

Art Activism for an Anticolonial Future

Analyzes socially engaged art practices worldwide, linking them to decolonial struggle and critique.

Between Camp and Cursi

Examines how contemporary Mexican literature uses humor to contest heteronormativity.

The White Indians of Mexican Cinema

Examines the filmic representation of Whiteness as Indigeneity and its role in mediating racial politics in Mexico.

Holocaust Consciousness and Cold War Violence in Latin America

Examines how community leaders, writers, and political activists facing state repression in Latin America have drawn on and debated the validity of Holocaust terms to describe human rights atrocities in their own countries.

The Left Hand of Capital

Original and comprehensive examination of Chilean political and economic development since the end of the Pinochet military regime in 1990.

The Other/Argentina

Argues that Jewishness is an essential element of Argentina’s self-fashioning as a modern nation.

Nos/Otras

Offers a timely reconsideration of the writings of Gloria Anzaldúa, treating issues of multiplicitous agency, identarian politics, and the stakes of coalition building as core themes in the author's work.

The Atlantic and Africa

Traces the inner connections between the second slavery in the Americas, slavery in Africa, the abolition of the Atlantic slave trade, and the "Great Transformation" of the nineteenth century world economy.

Unholy Trinity

Examines representations of religion in Mexican film from the Golden Age to the early twenty-first century.

Antigone in the Americas

Argues for a decolonial reinterpretation of Sophocles’ classical tragedy, Antigone, that can help us to rethink the anti-colonial politics of militant mourning in the Americas.

Alton's Paradox

Uses extensive archival research to explore the manifold contributions of foreign film workers to emerging film industries in Latin America from the 1930s to early 1940s.

The Other American Dilemma

Examines how Mexican Americans experienced “unofficial” Jim Crow inside and outside the American education system, and how they used the courts, Mexican Consul, and other resources to challenge that discrimination.

Pushing Past the Human in Latin American Cinema

Sheds light on emergent Latin America cinema that addresses the politics of environmental destruction, the unevenness of climate change consequences, and new ways of visualizing the world beyond the human.

Mexico Unmanned

Demonstrates how transhistorical myths of masculinity are both perpetuated and challenged in recent Mexican cinema.

Identities in Flux

Reevaluates the significance of iconic Afro-Brazilian figures, from slavery to post-abolition.

Capitán Latinoamérica

Analyzes contemporary superhero-themed cinema, television, and web series in Latin America.

South of the Future

Unique interdisciplinary analysis of gendered and racialized economies of care in South Asia and the Americas.

Tastemakers and Tastemaking

Considers how and why taste persists in the analysis of Mexican film and television by looking at key figures and their impact on the curation of violence.

Decolonizing American Philosophy

Wide-ranging examination of American philosophy's ties to settler colonialism and its role as both an object and a force of decolonization.

Creative Transformations

Explores the role of travel and translation in Brazilian literature and culture from the 1870s to the present.

José María Heredia in New York, 1823–1825

Edited and translated by Frederick Luciani
Introduction by Frederick Luciani
Subjects: Literature

An English translation, with introduction and annotations, of a selection of the letters and verse that José María Heredia (b. Cuba, 1803; d. Mexico, 1839), wrote during his months of political exile in New York from November 1823 to August 1825.

Atlantic Transformations

Calls attention to the political, economic, and cultural interdependence and interaction of global and local forces shaping the Atlantic world of the nineteenth century.

The Space of Disappearance

Examines the evolution of disappearance as a formal narrative and epistemological phenomenon in late twentieth-century Argentine fiction.

Argentine Intimacies

Revisits a foundational moment in Argentine history to demonstrate how the crisis of modernity opened up new possibilities for imagining kinship otherwise.

Forms of Disappointment

Analyzes parallel developments in post–Cold War literature and film from Cuba and Angola to trace a shared history of revolutionary enthusiasm, disappointment, and solidarity.

Argentina Noir

An engaging and insightful guide to Argentine crime fiction since 2000.

Speaking Face to Face

The first in-depth analysis of the radical feminist theory and coalitional praxis of scholar-activist María Lugones.

With a Diamond in My Shoe

The intellectual autobiography of a leading figure in the field of Latin American philosophy.

The Mexican Revolution on the World Stage

Explores the wide-ranging impact of the Mexican Revolution on global cinema and Western intellectual thought.

Recovering Lost Footprints, Volume 2

By Arturo Arias
Subjects: Literature

Analyzes contemporary Yucatecan and Chiapanecan Maya narratives.

Liminal Sovereignty

Uses cultural representations to investigate how two religious minority communities came to be incorporated into the Mexican nation.

Troubled Memories

Analyzes literary and cultural representations of iconic Mexican women to explore how these reimaginings can undermine or perpetuate gender norms in contemporary Mexico.

The Projected Nation

Investigates how Argentine cinema has represented rural spaces and urban margins from the 1910s to the present.

Blood Circuits

Examines how recent Argentine horror films engage with the legacies of dictatorship and neoliberalism.

Affectual Erasure

Comprehensive examination of how Indigenous peoples have been represented in Argentine film.

Adapting Gender

Demonstrates how film adaptations intersect with feminist discourse in neoliberal Mexico.

Citizens' Power in Latin America

Examines why some democratic innovations succeed while others fail, using Venezuela, Ecuador, and Chile as case studies.

The Trade in the Living

Macro-level study of the South Atlantic throughout the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries demonstrating how Brazil’s emergence was built on the longest and most intense slave trade of the modern era.

Only the People Can Save the People

Examines the egalitarian, creative, and inclusive practice of radical democracy in contemporary Venezuela.

States of Grace

Provides in-depth analyses of key moments in Brazilian utopianism, including theologico-political, matriarchal, environmental, and work-free utopias.

On Self-Translation

A fascinating collection of essays and conversations on the changing nature of language.

Think Like an Archipelago

A career-spanning assessment of Glissant’s work as a philosophical project.

The Afterlife of al-Andalus

The first study to undertake a wide-ranging comparison of invocations of al-Andalus across the the Arab and Hispanic worlds.

Recovering Lost Footprints, Volume 1

By Arturo Arias
Subjects: Literature

Analyzes contemporary Maya narratives.

Diasporic Blackness

Examines the life of Arturo Alfonso Schomburg through the lens of both Blackness and latinidad.

Witnessing beyond the Human

Provides an innovative and theoretically rigorous approach to the subject of testimony in Latin America.

US Latinization

Edited by Spencer Salas & Pedro R. Portes
Subjects: Education

Demonstrates how educators and policymakers should treat the intertwined nature of immigrant education and social progress in order to improve current policies and practices.

México's Nobodies

Analyzes cultural materials that grapple with gender and blackness to revise traditional interpretations of Mexicanness.

The Politics of the Second Slavery

Sheds new light on both pro and antislavery politics in the nineteenth-century Americas.

Literature and "Interregnum"

Examines literary responses to the impact of economic and technological globalization in Latin America.

Radical Poetry

Engages in a critical reanalysis of historical Ibero-American experimental poetry in order to demonstrate how the contemporary digital vanguard owes much to this tradition.

Malady and Genius

Analyzes the theme of self-sacrifice in Puerto Rican literature through psychoanalytic theory.

New Frontiers of Slavery

Essays challenging conventional understandings of the slave economy of the nineteenth century.

City in Common

Addresses ways that cultural imaginaries point toward alternative urban futures.

Are All the Women Still White?

Provides a contemporary response to such landmark volumes as All the Women Are White, All the Blacks Are Men, But Some of Us Are Brave and This Bridge Called My Back.

Libre Acceso

Analyzes the diverse roles and pervasive presence of disability in Latin American literature and film.

Contingency and Commitment

Offers the first comprehensive survey of Mexican existentialism to appear in English.

Despite All Adversities

Provides sophisticated theoretical approaches to Latin American cinema and sexual culture.

Borges, the Jew

Explores Borges’ infatuation with Jewish history and culture.

Minima Cuba

Explores the ideological and emotional trauma created after the withering of the socialist utopia in Cuba.

Imagining the Postcolonial

By Jaime Hanneken
Subjects: Literature

A comparative study of Latin American and francophone postcoloniality.

Carlos Estevez

Serves as a source for the exploration of many dimensions of the human experience in relation to other beings, ranging from machines and blueprints to mollusks and plants.

Desbordes

Examines the intersections of “Latino,” “queer,” and “American,” to illustrate how the categories of class, race, gender, sexuality, and ethnicity are directly entangled with issues of citizenship and belonging.

The Avowal of Difference

Discusses how theories of queer performativity, as articulated within the US Academy, are unable to capture the whole of Latino American queer subjectivity and experience.

The Losing War

Critical analysis of Plan Colombia, a multibillion dollar US counternarcotics initiative.

Borges, Second Edition

Expanded edition with new chapters and updates to the translation and bibliography.

Painting Modernism

Studies the influence of the plastic arts on the major writers of Latin American modernism.

Taking Risks

Explores activist scholarship in relation to feminism and social movements in the Americas.

Oshun's Daughters

Examines the ways in which the inclusion of African diasporic religious practices serves as a transgressive tool in narrative discourses in the Americas.

Inhabiting La Patria

Examines the work of prolific Dominican American writer Julia Alvarez.

Yemoja

Bridges theory, art, and practice to discuss emerging issues in transnational religious movements in Latina/o and African diasporas.

The Everyday Atlantic

Rethinks the concepts of nation, imperialism, and globalization by examining the everyday writing of the newspaper chronicle and blog in Spain and Latin America.

Systems of Violence, Second Edition

Expanded new edition of an important study of the protracted violence in Colombia.

The Suspension of Seriousness

First in-depth analysis of this important Mexican philosopher’s work.

The Cold War's Last Battlefield

An engaging insider's account by a member of President Reagan's Central America policy team.

Changing Women, Changing Nation

Analyzes the literary representations of women in Salvadoran and US-Salvadoran narratives since 1980.

Documents in Crisis

Examines the theory and practice of nonfiction narrative literature in twentieth-century Mexico.

Becoming an Ancestor

A striking look at the death rituals of an indigenous community in North America.

Painting Borges

A provocative examination of the artistic interpretation of twelve of Borges’s most famous stories.

Reframing the Practice of Philosophy

Reflections by leading Latin American and African American philosophers on their identity within the field of philosophy.

¡VIVA!

Compelling case studies of groups in Panama, Nicaragua, Mexico, the United States, and Canada using the arts for education, community development, and social movement building.

Cuban-American Literature and Art

Explores how Cuban Americans negotiate bicultural identities through cultural production.

Burning Darkness

Encourages a deep reading of a selection of essential Spanish films.

Images of Thought

Explores the relationship between philosophy and art through the work of Cuban American artist Carlos Estévez.

Identity, Memory, and Diaspora

Offers a detailed picture of the lives of Cuban Americans through interviews with artists, writers, and philosophers.

Global Fragments

Philosophical explorations of the processes of globalization, particularly in the context of Latin America.

The Censorship Files

Investigates the role played by censorship in the Spanish-language publishing industry, which led to the Latin American Boom literature of the 1960s and 1970s.