Gender and the Rhetoric of Modernity in Spanish America, 1850–1910

"Whether considering public or private spaces, domesticity, work, or education, this book provides sophisticated readings of a broad range of narratives that illustrate the tensions brought about in discussions of gender and its relation to modernity in Spanish America."--Fernando Unzueta, author of La imaginación histórica y el romance nacional en Hispanoamérica "A key resource for … Continue reading Gender and the Rhetoric of Modernity in Spanish America, 1850–1910

Ritual and Archaic States

"An important addition to our understanding of early states. The contributors amply demonstrate through their fresh insights how crucial ritual is to statecraft in the Old and New Worlds."--Peter N. Peregrine, coeditor of Ancient Human Migrations "Essential and fascinating. This book more than any other before brings the subject of ritual and polity of archaic … Continue reading Ritual and Archaic States

Southeast Inka Frontiers

"An important contribution to the study of ancient empires and processes of imperial expansion through an in-depth study of the southeastern Inka frontier in current-day Bolivia."--Elizabeth N. Arkush, author of Hillforts of the Ancient Andes: Colla Warfare, Society, and Landscape "A fascinating case study of interactions on an imperial frontier in a region that is … Continue reading Southeast Inka Frontiers

Teaching a Medieval Poem in East Los Angeles

Written by Michael Calabrese, author of An Introduction to Piers Plowman . You’ve heard of Chaucer. But do you know Piers Plowman? Let me introduce this marvelous medieval epic: written by William Langland, Piers Plowman is a long allegorical poem from the late 14th century, chronicling the dreams and wanderings of a man named “Will”—the … Continue reading Teaching a Medieval Poem in East Los Angeles

An Introduction to Piers Plowman

"A comprehensive and witty guide to understanding Piers Plowman in all its versions and a manifesto for the pure intellectual pleasure to be had from reading the text as it dynamically unfolds in each of the poet's reworkings."--Sarah Wood, author of Conscience and the Composition of Piers Plowman "By innovatively working through all three of … Continue reading An Introduction to Piers Plowman

Shaping Terrain

"Takes us on a journey throughout Latin America, highlighting different stories of adaptation to the wondrous American landscape: stories of cities being shaped by major infrastructure projects, cities coping with the pressures of informality and unchecked growth, and cities searching for their identity by looking at their pre-Columbian past while embracing modernity on their own … Continue reading Shaping Terrain