Required reading

I have to buy the new Vallejo books now, there is no real choice.

I also clearly need Karem Roitman’s Race, Ethnicity and Power in Ecuador:

“How do today’s Latin American elites understand and relate to ideas of power, race, ethnicity, and mestizaje? And what impact does that understanding have on the dynamics of socioeconomic development in ethnically mixed societies? Focusing on the case of Ecuador – a country struggling to recast its mestizo identity in the aftermath of dramatic indigenous uprisings – Karem Roitman reveals how the urban upper classes represent their ethnicity in ways that both hide discriminatory practices and impede social and economic mobility for the ‘other’. This book also reveals how Ecuador’s urban upper classes represent their mestizo identity in ways that both hide discriminatory practices and impede social and economic mobility for the ‘other’.”

There was an introduction to theory, resembling perhaps the Lois Tyson book I am using now for undergraduates, in English but for Hispanic literatures, in the 1970s.

Finally, there are many interesting books now from Rowman and Littlefield and I should perhaps consider some of their presses for mine. One that does not make a new argument, but surely contains good information new to me, is Patricia Swier’s Hybrid Nations, on bigendered subjects.

She covers Martí, Doña Bárbara, and El Señor Presidente — the nineteenth century and the nation-building period, she says.

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