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The Routledge Hispanic Studies Companion to Colonial Latin America and the Caribbean (1492-1898)

ISBN 9780367609382
Published August 1, 2022 by Routledge
460 Pages 26 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

The Routledge Hispanic Studies Companion to Colonial Latin America and the Caribbean (1492-1898) brings together an international team of scholars to explore new interdisciplinary and comparative approaches for the study of colonialism.

Using four overarching themes, the volume examines a wide array of critical issues, key texts, and figures that demonstrate the significance of Colonial Latin America and the Caribbean across national and regional traditions and historical periods.

This invaluable resource will be of interest to students and scholars of Spanish and Latin American studies examining colonial Caribbean and Latin America at the intersection of cultural and historical studies; transatlantic, postcolonial and decolonial studies; and critical approaches to archives and materiality. This timely volume assesses the impact and legacy of colonialism and coloniality.

Table of Contents

Introduction: between colonialism and coloniality: colonial Latin American and Caribbean studies today

Yolanda Martínez-San Miguel and Santa Arias

    PART I

    Colonialism and Coloniality

  1. Race and domination in colonial Latin American studies
  2. Daniel Nemser

  3. Self-representation and self-governance in early Latin America
  4. Karen Graubart

  5. Mestizaje as dispositif for a paradigm shift in colonial studies
  6. Laura Catelli

  7. Race, ethnicity and nationhood in the formation of criollismo in Spanish America
  8. José Antonio Mazzotti

  9. An integrational approach to colonial semiosis
  10. Galen Brokaw

  11. Latin American and Caribbean Colonial Studies and/in the Decolonial Turn
  12. Nelson Maldonado-Torres

  13. The ecocritical turn and the study of early colonial societies in the Caribbean: of dogs, rivers, and the environmental humanities
  14. Lizabeth Paravisini Gebert

  15. Coloniality and Cinema
  16. Juan Poblete


    Knowledge Production and Networks

  17. Old testament, New World: diluvialism and the Amerindian origins debate in the Enlightenment
  18. Ruth Hill

  19. The "cannibal cogito" and Brazilian antropofagia: radical heterogeneity or "family resemblance"?
  20. Luís Madureira

  21. Presumptions of empire: relapses, reboots, and reversions in the Transpacific networks of Iberian globalization
  22. John D. Blanco

  23. Imperial tension, colonial contours: Jesuits, slavery, and race within and beyond the Portuguese Atlantic
  24. Hugh Cagle

  25. The Caribbean conundrum: José Antonio Saco’s Hispanic archive and the Black Atlantic
  26. Eyda Merediz



    Materialities and Archives

  27. Material Encounters: Columbus’s Diario del primer viaje and the objects of colonial Latin American and Caribbean studies
  28. Raquel Albarrán

  29. It comes with the territory: indigenous materialities and western knowledge
  30. Gustavo Verdesio

  31. Creole knowledge in colonial Mexico: religion, gender and power
  32. Stephanie Kirk

  33. The colonial Latin American archive: dispossession, ruins, reinvention
  34. Anna More

  35. Materialities and archives
  36. Charlene Villaseñor Black and Mari-Tere Álvarez

  37. Port cities as sites of spatial knowledge in eighteenth-century Spanish America
  38. Mariselle Meléndez

  39. Space, movement and writing in Colonial Río de la Plata
  40. Loreley El Jaber


    Language, Translation and Beyond

  41. The white legend: El Dorado, Pachakuti, and Walter Raleigh’s discovery of (Latin) America
  42. Ralph Bauer

  43. The agency of translation in colonial Latin America: re-thinking the roles of non-European linguistic intermediaries
  44. Larissa Brewer-García

  45. Intercultural (mis)translations: colonial static and "authorship" in the Florentine Codex and the Relaciones geográficas of New Spain
  46. Kelly McDonough

  47. Defending the indefensible: Las Casas and the exceptions to sovereignty
  48. Nicole Legnani

  49. The (dis)continuities of decolonized gender and sexual identity in the Andes

Michael Horswell

Notes on contributors

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Yolanda Martínez-San Miguel is Professor and Marta S. Weeks Chair in Latin American Studies in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures at the University of Miami.

Santa Arias is Professor of Latin American Literatures and Cultures in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at the University of Kansas.


One would have to look hard to find a better and more thorough, yet succinct, review of Colonial Studies in the U.S. than the one the editors of this volume provide. We are presented with a dynamic field full of tensions, contradictions—that is, alive—that have made it crucial for Latin American and Early Modern Studies, among others. From its inception to its recent connections to Latinx Studies, the writers deliver what the editors promise: a view into topics that have been the solid standard of the field, to new and promising areas. 

Who is an author under colonial conditions of production? What a theory of the frontiers says about colonialism? What if behind the standard language of the archive one finds Quechua, English and Muisca? To whom does this archive belong then? These pages remind us that even though we know much, we have still much to discover and that perhaps we might never know fully. The contributions to theoretical analysis are also important since, as the contributors show, the colonial field helps elucidate key concepts such as what is licit, what is an archive, extraction, extinction, the environment. 

Ivonne Del Valle, Associate Professor, UC Berkeley


Tensed by imperial designs, colonial violence, nationalist teleologies, colonial Latin American and Caribbean Studies is a multifaceted site of cultural and political interpellations and interventions that has made this contentious field one of the most productive intellectual traditions of the Global South, producing a rich array of critical concepts for the decolonization of culture.

Strategically organized in four overarching themes, The Routledge Hispanic Studies Companion to Colonial Latin America and the Caribbean (1492-1898) showcases the most progressive and innovative research in the field and draws the paths for an effective critical engagement with the traces of a colonial past that is far from settled.

Luis Fernando Restrepo, University Professor, University of Arkansas