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Poetics of Indigenismo in Zapatista Discourse

The Mexican Revolution Revisioned through Mayan Eyes

Author(s): Gregory Stephens

Book Description

This book contributes to a re-visioning of the literature of revolutions, repositioning the writings of Subcomandante Marcos as quasi-“indigenous” literary texts. Highlights include a study of the role of Zapatista mythopoetics in re-imagining the nature of revolution; and an examination of how a native subculture and cosmovision were made intelligible to an international audience. Close readings of a group of stories, essays and communiques by Marcos explore the emergence of a thoroughly hybrid literary style. These texts are analyzed in relation to existing genres such Native American literature, environmental literature, and the literature of the Mexican revolution. The book shows that, while Marcos employs the iconography of Che Guevara, Zapata, et al, and in some ways furthers the “romance of revolution” for an electronically networked world, he has also popularized on an international stage the post-Cold War aspiration to “change the world without taking power.”


ISBN-13: 978-1-5275-3156-7
ISBN-10: 1-5275-3156-2
Date of Publication: 01/06/2019
Pages / Size: 170 / A5
Price: £58.99


Gregory K. Stephens is Associate Professor of English at the University of Puerto Rico-Mayagüez, where he teaches creative writing, literature, film, and seminars in cultural studies and literary nonfiction. He is the author of On Racial Frontiers: The New Culture of Frederick Douglass, Ralph Ellison, and Bob Marley and Trilogies as Cultural Analysis: Literary Re-imaginings of Sea Crossings, Animals, and Fathering (2018). His most recent book Three Birds Sing a New Song: A Puerto Rican Trilogy about Dystopia, Precarity, and Resistance (2019) combines ethnography and literary nonfiction.