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The Darker Side of the Renaissance draws from literature, semiotics, history, historiography, cartography, and cultural theory as it examines the role of language in the colonization of the New World. Charting the connections between writing, social organization, and political control, this broad and ambitious book argues that European forms of literacy were at the heart of New World colonization and examines both the process and the implications of conquest and destruction through language. Winner of the Modern Language Association's Katherine Singer Kovacs prize for 1996, the book continues to challenge commonplace understandings of New World history and to stimulate new colonial and postcolonial scholarship.
". . . a great gift to students of cultural imperialism and some other sorts of politics, even cartography. . . . "
"Scrupulous attention to rhetoric, image-making, and discourses makes The Darker Side of the Renaissance a flamboyantly encyclopedic and stimulatingly critical reading of colonialism's culture. Mignolo's staggering contribution to early modern cultural and literary studies reinforces the suggestion that there can be no colonialism without a language."
—Journal of American Folklore
Winner of the Modern Language Association's Katherine Singer Kovacs Prize
Introduction On Describing Ourselves Describing Ourselves: Comparatism, Differences, and Pluritopic Hermeneutics 1
PART I. THE COLONIZATION OF LANGUAGES
Chapter 1. Nebrija in the New World: Renaissance Philosophy of Language and the Spread of Western Literacy 29
Chapter 2. The Materiality of Reading and Writing Cultures: The Chain of Sounds, Graphic Signs, and Sign Carriers 69
PART 2. THE COLONIZATION OF MEMORY
Chapter 3. Record Keeping without Letters and Writing Histories of People without History 125
Chapter 4. Genres as Social Practices: Histories, Enkyclopaideias, and the Limits of Knowledge and Understanding 171
PART 3. THE COLONIZATION OF SPACE
Chapter 5. The Movable Center: Ethnicity, Geometric Projections, and Coexisting Territorialities 219
Chapter 6. Putting the Americas on the Map: Cartography and the Colonization of Space 259
Afterword On Modernity, Colonization, and the Rise of Occidentalism 315
Second Thoughts on The Darker Side of the Renaissance: Afterword to the Second Edition 427