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Indigenous Cosmolectics: Kab'awil and the Making of Maya and Zapotec Literatures

Gloria Elizabeth Chacón


Latin America's Indigenous writers have long labored under the limits of colonialism, but in the late twentieth and twenty-first centuries, they have constructed a literary corpus that moves them beyond those parameters. Gloria E. Chacón considers the growing number of contemporary Indigenous writers who turn to Maya and Zapotec languages alongside Spanish translations of their work to challenge the tyranny of monolingualism and cultural homogeneity. Chacón argues that these Maya and Zapotec authors reconstruct an Indigenous literary tradition rooted in an Indigenous cosmolectics, a philosophy ... More

Keywords: indigenous writers, colonialism, Maya, Zapotec, indigenous cosmolectics, kab'awil, oral traditions, monolingualism, cultural homogeneity

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9781469636795
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: September 2019 DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469636795.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Gloria Elizabeth Chacón, author
University of California, San Diego