“The End of Indigenismo: Gender Politics, Postcolonial Inversion, & Mayanism in Marisol Ceh Moo’s X-Teya, u puksi’ik’al ko’olel [Teya, the Heart of a Woman]”
Wed, February 22, 2012 • 4:00 PM - 7:00 AM • BEN 2.104
Lecture by Professor Emilio del Valle Escalante, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Emilio del Valle Escalante (Maya K’iche’) is originally from Guatemala. His teaching and research interest focus on contemporary Latin American literatures and cultural studies with particular emphasis on indigenous literatures and social movements, Central American literatures and cultures, and post-colonial and subaltern studies theory in the Latin American context. He has been concerned with contemporary indigenous textual production and how indigenous intellectuals challenge hegemonic traditional constructions of the indigenous world, history, the nation-state and modernity in order to not only redefine the discursive and political nature of these hegemonic narratives, but also interethnic or intercultural relations. His broader cultural and theoretical interests cluster around areas involving themes of colonialism as these relate to issues of nationhood, national identity, race/ethnicity and gender. He is the author of Maya Nationalisms and Postcolonial Challenges in Guatemala: Coloniality, Modernity and Identity Politics (School for Advanced Research Press, 2009; Spanish version by FLACSO, 2008), the editor of “Indigenous Literatures and Social Movements in Latin America” (a special issue of Latin American Indian Literatures Journal [Spring 2008]) and U’k'ux kaj, u’k'ux ulew: Antologia de poesia Maya guatemalteca contemporánea (IILI, 2010). Del Valle Escalante’s articles may be found in such venues as Mesoamerica, Studies in American Indian Literature, Revista Iberoamericana, Latin American Caribbean and Ethnic Studies, Procesos: Revista Ecuatoriana de Historia, and Revista de Estudios Interétnicos.