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  • Acknowledgments ix

    Foreword / Shahid Amin xi

    1. Escritura: On Imagining/Writing Postcolonial Histories

    Point and Counterpoint / Andrés Guerrero 3

    After Spanish Rule: Writing Another After / Mark Thurner 12

    Essaying the History of National Images / Maricio Tenorio Trillo 58

    2. Poetica: Knowledges, Nations, Histories

    Postcolonialism avante la lettre? Travelers and Clerics in Eighteenth-Century Colonial Spanish America / Jorge Cañizares-Esguerra 89

    "Aquel laberinto de oficinas": Ways of Knowing Empire in Late-Nineteenth-Century Spain / Javier Morillo-Alicea 111

    Peruvian Genealogies of History and Nation / Mark Thurner 141

    Mothers and Mistresses of the Urban Bolivia Public Sphere: Postcolonial Predicament and National Imaginary in Oruro's Carnival / Thomas A. Abercrombie 176

    3. Politica: Governmentalities, States, Subjects

    Revisiting Independence Day: Afro-Colombian Politics and Creole Patriot Narratives, Cartagena, 1809–1815 / Marixa Lasso 223

    Postcolonialism as Self-Fulfilled Prophecy? Electoral Politics in Oaxaca, 1814–1828 / Peter Guardino 248

    The Administration of Dominated Populations under a Regime of Customary Citizenship: The Case of Postcolonial Ecuador / Andrés Guerrero 272

    Redrawing the Nation: Indigenous Intellectuals and Ethnic Pluralism in Contemporary Colombia / Joanne Rappaport 310

    Contributors 347

    Index 349
  • Shahid Amin

    Andrés Guerrero

    Mark Thurner

    Mauricio Tenorio-Trillo

    Jorge Canizares-Esguerra

    Javier Morillo-Alicea

    Thomas Abercrombie

    Marixa Lasso

    Peter Guardino

    Joanne Rappaport

  • After Spanish Rule occupies the ground between Latin American exceptionalism and the so-called universalism of postcolonial studies. These essays enrich the field of postcolonial studies by bringing Latin American materials within its purview.”—Gyan Prakash, editor of After Colonialism: Imperial Histories and Postcolonial Displacements — N/A

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    Insisting on the critical value of Latin American histories for recasting theories of postcolonialism, After Spanish Rule is the first collection of essays by Latin Americanist historians and anthropologists to engage postcolonial debates from the perspective of the Americas. These essays extend and revise the insights of postcolonial studies in diverse Latin American contexts, ranging from the narratives of eighteenth-century travelers and clerics in the region to the status of indigenous intellectuals in present-day Colombia. The editors argue that the construction of an array of singular histories at the intersection of particular colonialisms and nationalisms must become the critical project of postcolonial history-writing.

    Challenging the universalizing tendencies of postcolonial theory as it has developed in the Anglophone academy, the contributors are attentive to the crucial ways in which the histories of Latin American countries—with their creole elites, hybrid middle classes, subordinated ethnic groups, and complicated historical relationships with Spain and the United States—differ from those of other former colonies in the southern hemisphere. Yet, while acknowledging such differences, the volume suggests a host of provocative, critical connections to colonial and postcolonial histories around the world.

    Thomas Abercrombie
    Shahid Amin
    Jorge Cañizares-Esguerra
    Peter Guardino
    Andrés Guerrero
    Marixa Lasso
    Javier Morillo-Alicea
    Joanne Rappaport
    Mauricio Tenorio-Trillo
    Mark Thurner

    About The Author(s)

    Mark Thurner is Associate Professor of History and Anthropology at the University of Florida. He is the author of From Two Republics to One Divided: Contradictions of Postcolonial Nationmaking in Andean Peru, also published by Duke University Press.

    Andrés Guerrero is affiliated with La Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales (FLACSO), a research institute with branches in all Latin American countries. He is the author of numerous books in Spanish.

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