Decolonial Approaches to Latin American Literatures and Cultures

Decolonial Approaches to Latin American Literatures and Cultures



Decolonial Approaches to Latin American Literatures and Cultures engages and problematizes concepts such as “decolonial” and “coloniality” to question methodologies in literary and cultural scholarship. While the eleven contributions produce diverse approaches to literary and cultural texts ranging from Pre-Columbian to contemporary works, there is a collective questioning of the very idea of “Latin America,” what “Latin American” contains or leaves out, and the various practices and locations constituting Latinamericanism. This transdisciplinary study aims to open an evolving corpus of decolonial scholarship, providing a unique entry point into the literature and material culture produced from precolonial to contemporary times.



Publication Date



Palgrave-Macmillan Publishing


New York


Post Modern Literature


Latin American Languages and Societies


Table of Contents

Introduction: Decolonial Strategies for Reading and Looking with and against the Grain / Tara Daly

Undisciplining "Spanish" and "Literature"

Notes from the Field: Decolonizing the Curriculum/The "Spanish" Major / Sara Castro-Klaren

The Rule of Impurity: Decolonial Theory and the Question of Literature / Horacio Legras

Decolonizing Translation and Representations of the Indigenous

The (De)coloniality of Conceptual Inequivalence: Reinterpreting Ometeotl through Nahua Tlacuiloliztli / Zairong Xiang

What Does the Sumak Kawsay Mean for Women in the Andes Today? Unsettling Patriarchal Sedimentations in Two Inca Writers / Antonia Carcelen-Estrada

New Indigenous Literatures in the Making: A Contribution to Decoloniality / Arturo Arias

Material Culture and Literature as Decolonial Critiques

Decolonizing Aesthetic Representation: The Presence of the European Savage in Bolivian Modernity / Javier Sanjines

The Air as a Decolonial Critique of Being in Cesar Calvo's Las tres mitades de Ino Moxo y otros brujos de la Amazonia / Tara Daly

Disruptive Capital in Andean/World Literature: A Decolonial Reading of Enrique Gil Gilbert's Nuestro pan / Juan G. Ramos

Decolonial Options, Indigenous Sovereignty, and Transregional Alliances

Ethnic Reemergence in Uruguay: The Return of the Charrua in the Light of Settler Colonialism Studies / Gustavo Verdesio

When Nationality Becomes a "Negative Condition" for Politics: Gamaliel Churata's Contribution to Bolivian Political Theory / Elizabeth Monasterios

Decolonization and Indigenous Sovereignty: Coming to Terms with Theories in the Americas / Laura J. Beard

Postscriptum: Decolonial Scenarios and Alternative Thinking: Critical and

Theoretical Explorations / Mabel Morana

Contributors' Biographies


Decolonial Approaches to Latin American Literatures and Cultures