Rhetorics Of The Americas: 3114 BCE to 2012 CE

Hardcover | December 15, 2009

EditorDamián Baca

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This is the first work to begin to fill a gap: an understanding of discourse aimed to persuade within the Pre-Columbian Americas. The contributors in this collection offer glimpses of what those indigenous rhetorics might have looked like and how their influences remain. The reader is invited to recognize “the invention of the Americas,” providing other ways to contemplate material life prior to contemporary capitalism, telling us about the global from long ago to current global capitalism. This book is the drop that will ripple, creating new lines of inquiry into language use within the Americas and the legacies of genocide, conquest, and cultural survival.

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This is the first work to begin to fill a gap: an understanding of discourse aimed to persuade within the Pre-Columbian Americas. The contributors in this collection offer glimpses of what those indigenous rhetorics might have looked like and how their influences remain. The reader is invited to recognize “the invention of the Americas...

Damián Baca is Assistant Professor of English and Affiliate Faculty in Mexican American studies at the University of Arizona, where he teaches comparative technologies of writing, American Indian rhetoric, Chicano and Latino literature, rhetoric in Mesoamerica and colonial México, globalization, and ancestral literacy. He is the autho...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:288 pages, 8.65 × 5.71 × 0.81 inPublished:December 15, 2009Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230619037

ISBN - 13:9780230619036

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Table of Contents

te-ixtli: the “Other Face” of the Américas--Damián Baca * Rhetoric of the First “Indians”: Tainos and the Second Voyage of Columbus--Victor Villanueva * Imperialist Rhetorics in Puerto Rican Nationalist Narratives--Erika Gisela Abad Merced * Spanish Scripts Colonize the Image: Inca Visual Rhetorics--Rocío Quispe-Agnoli * Translating Nahua Rhetoric: Sahagún’s Nahua Subjects in Colonial Mexico--Cristián Roa de la Carrera * The Rhetorical Action of Moche Burial Rituals--Laurie Gries *  Rhetoric and Resistance in Hawai'i: How Silenced Voices Speak Out in Colonial Contexts--Georganne Nordstrom *  Rhetoric, Interrupted: La Malinche and Nepantlisma--Damián Baca *  In Search of the Invisible World--Tracy Brandenburg *  ‘When they Awaken’: Indigeneity and Anti-Colonial Visuality--Dylan Miner *  Spirit Glyphs: Reimagining Art and Artist in the Work of Chicana Tlamatinime--Laura Pérez *  Los Puentes Stories: The Rhetorical Realities of Electronic Literacy Sponsors and Gateways on the U.S.-Mexico Border from 1920-2001--John Scenters-Zapico *  Las Cobijas/The Blankets--Rafael Jesús González

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"This collection offers a building block for future scholars to learn, examine, and build work that not only challenges the accepted notion that all rhetoric begins with the Greco-Roman tradition but also seeks to push Native scholarship further into respectful, ethical, and innovative directions."--Marcos Julian Del Hierro, SAIL “Rhetorics of the Americas will potentially be one of the finest contributions to rhetoric, broadly defined, in this decade. This collection extends beyond long standing, abstract postmodern critiques of classical canons of rhetoric to concrete engagements of multiple rhetorical practices from selected cultures in the Americas. Rhetoricians of every stripe, but particularly New Rhetoricians, will find within this collection extensive and newly presented materials. I strongly recommend this book for the voices it exposes from groups of people who have been deemed voiceless in the Euro-American rhetorical imagination, for the further epistemological breadth it will add to the broadening field of rhetoric, for the potential material benefits it offers on a local, national, and global scale pedagogically and politically.”--David G. Holmes, Professor of English and Blanche E. Seaver Professor in Humanities, Pepperdine University and Author of Revisiting Racialized Voice