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Indigenous CosmolecticsKab'awil and the Making of Maya and Zapotec Literatures$
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Gloria Elizabeth Chacón

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781469636795

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: September 2019

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469636795.001.0001

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The Novel in Zapotec and Maya Lands

The Novel in Zapotec and Maya Lands

(p.125) Chapter Five The Novel in Zapotec and Maya Lands
Indigenous Cosmolectics

Gloria Elizabeth Chacón

University of North Carolina Press

Chapter 5 examines the first novel published by a Maya woman, X-Teya, U puksi’ik’al ko’olel/Teya, un corazón de mujer (Teya, heart of a woman), and the first published Zapotec novel, Wila che be ze lhao / Cantares de los vientos primerizos (Songs of the first winds), as a rejection of first and second world- system alignments. This final chapter argues that the novelists transgress the political landscapes sketched by political ideologies, beginning a contemplation and imagining of what autonomy involves. I propose that the authors reject the nationalist liberal emphasis of integration as well as Marxist discourses as answers to the so-poorly termed “Indian problem.”

Keywords:   X-Teya, Maya, Zapotec, novel, novelist, autonomy, Indian problem, Transgress, political landscape

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